Lab Members and Information

Principal Investigator

Angela Gutchess is a psychology professor at Brandeis University as well as a visiting scientist at the Martinos Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Charlestown. Her research interests include studying the interactions among aging, culture and cognition using behavioral and fMRI methods. The courses she teaches at Brandeis include Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods and Laboratory in Psychology, Social Neuroscience and Culture, and Human Memory. When not working, she enjoys volunteering through Boston Cares and traveling. 

gutchess [at] brandeis [dot] edu || Current CV


Ph.D. Students

Brittany Cassidy is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Brain, Body, and Behavior program. She has a B.A. in psychology from Boston University, and previously worked at Massachusetts General Hospital where she implemented fMRI studies of social processing in schizophrenia patients. Her research focuses on the integration of appearance-and behavior-based cues when forming and remembering first impressions. She is also interested in how changes to decision-making processes may impact social judgments with age. Brittany misses "Breaking Bad," enjoys distance running, and has an awesome dog.

bcassidy [at] brandeis [dot] edu || Current CV

Laura Paige is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Brain, Body, and Behavior program. She graduated from Boston College in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience and a minor in French, and again in 2013 with a master's degree in cognitive psychology. Her research focuses on the influence of misinformation in the frequency of false memories, previously using both behavioral and EEG methods. Currently, she is interested in how influential misinformation is when presented in a social context, particularly within and across cultures. In her free time, Laura enjoys running, napping, grocery shopping, and Disney World.

paigel [at] brandeis [dot] edu


Master's Students

Anna Carmichael is a current master's student in the Psychology program from Australia. She graduated in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology. Anna's research interests involve memory and aging. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, festivals & watching soccer.

amc [at] brandeis [dot] edu


Irina Orlovsky is a current master's student in the ACC Lab. In 2012, she received a B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience along with a minor in Biology from UMass Amherst. Her current research interests in aging, memory, and cognition developed from a background in EEG and sleep research. In her free time, she enjoys taking on small art projects, music, and diabolical level sudoku.

iorlovsk [at] brandeis [dot] edu


Postdoctoral Fellows

Jonathan Jackson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Aging, Culture, and Cognition lab. His research focuses on the individual and cultural effect of self- and other-focus on memorial and attentional processes. In particular, Jonathan Is interested in understanding how these effects interact with each other, as well as in healthy aging and Alzheimer disease. Through conjunctive exploration of behavior and neuroscience, he hopes to determine specific mechanisms by which memory can be improved. In his free time he enjoys his family, photography, gardening, baking, and ironing.

jdjack [at] brandeis [dot] edu || Current CV

Lab Manager

Pete Millar is the manager of the ACC lab. He graduated from Tufts University in 2010 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Chinese Studies. In the Cognitive Aging & Memory Lab at Tufts, he completed an honors thesis which explored compensation techniques for age-related decision biases. Now he is excited to continue investigating new lines of aging research in the ACC lab. In his free time he enjoys biking, record collecting, and science fiction. 

pmillar [at] brandeis [dot] edu || Current CV


Rotation Students (From the Department of Neuroscience)

Tammy Hsieh is a current master’s student in Neuroscience. She graduated from Tufts University in 2013 with a B.A. in Biopsychology. She is interested in studying the processes that underlie human memory and cognition across the lifespan using neuroimaging methods. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, running and biking trails, and spending time with family and friends.

thsieh [at] brandeis [dot] edu

Joseph Wachutka is a first-year Neuroscience Ph.D. student. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Neuroscience and Religion. Joseph's research interests are in cognitive neuroscience at the systems level, especially those processes related to learning and memory. His prior research has been on social affect, working memory, and meditation using FNIR and EEG methods. In his free time Joseph enjoys watching sports, running, playing disc golf, and PC gaming.

wachutka [at] brandeis [dot] edu


Undergraduate Honors Students

Jung Park is a senior double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. He's interested in the effects of aging and social contextual influences on memory and cognition using behavioral methods. Additional interest includes the role of cytokines in the CNS responsible for neurobehavioral deficits associated with age using molecular, cellular, and behavioral techniques. After Brandeis, he plans on pursuing an MD/PhD dual degree in biomedical sciences. Outside the lab, he enjoys playing soccer, blogging, and watching Whose Line Is It Anyway?


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Kyra Borenstein is a junior studying Psychology and Anthropology at Brandeis University.  After Brandeis, she intends to pursue a PhD in Psychology.  While not in the lab or class, she does volunteer tutoring, is a TA for Intro to Psych, and plays on the Women's Ultimate Frisbee team. Kyra
Jenny Crawford is a junior studying Neuroscience and Psychology at Brandeis University. After Brandeis, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience. In her free time, Jenny enjoys to cook, travel, spend time with friends and family, and play the cello. Jenny
Kathryn Flaherty is a third-year studying Neuroscience and possibly either Biology, Psychology, or Sociology at Brandeis University. She hopes to attend graduate school and earn a Ph.D. When she's not in the lab or studying she performs at poetry slams, plays flute, and serves on the e-board for Brandeis's Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. Kat
Lauryn Garner is a junior studying Psychology at Brandeis University. She hopes to continue to graduate school for Clinical Psychology and pursue a PhD in the field. Lauryn also enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, reading, making pottery, running, and serving as a coordinator for Waltham Group's Hunger and Homelessness program.
Victoria Jonas is a junior studying Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies at Brandeis. She hopes to one day work in the field of trauma psychology. In her free time, Victoria enjoys painting, reading, spending time with friends and participating in Brandeis' Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance.
Sarah Lipitz is a freshman at Brandeis University planning on studying neuroscience, psychology, and music. While she is uncertain about her career path, she is very passionate about neuroscience and psychology, especially when these fields overlap with music. In her free time, Sarah leads the soprano section in University Chorus and enjoys horseback riding, reading, baking, and spending time with friends.
Cindy Luu is a sophomore double-majoring in Neuroscience and Biology and minoring in Anthropology. She hopes to attend medical school in the future and become a neurologist. On her free time, Cindy enjoys listening to music, spending time with her friends, and exploring Boston. Cindy
Naomi Weinblatt is a sophomore at Brandeis University intending to major in psychology. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school and earn her Ph.D. In her spare time, Naomi plays volleyball, reads, and teaches Sunday morning Hebrew school.

Lab Alumni


  • Hyeon-Nyeon Lee (2012)
  • Nicole Rosa (2013) is a college fellow at Harvard University
  • Margeaux Auslander (2013)

Master's Degrees

  • Megan Limbert (2008)
  • Sarah Serbun (2009)
  • Sarah Huff (2012) is a PhD student at the University of Michigan
  • Chad Nussinow (2012)
  • Laura Ligouri (2013) is a technical assistant at MIT

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Janelle Beadle (2010-2011) is a visiting research fellow at the University of Iowa
  • Eric Leshikar (2011-2013) is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Lab Managers
  • Jennifer Coleman (2008-2009) is a Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology at VCU
  • Joanne Shih (2010-2012)

Rotation Students

  • Trent Judis (2012-2013)

Undergraduate Honors Students

  • Ro'ee Gilron (2009)
  • Allie Indeck (2009)
  • Ayala Hamami (2010)
  • Maya Siegel (2010)
  • Aliza Schwartz (2011)
  • Joseph Polex Wolf (2011)
  • Jessie Nusbaum (2012)
  • Gabe Colton (2013)
  • Lauren Grewal (2013)
  • Alexander Sheehan (2013)
  • Abby Vigderman (2013)
  • Liat Zabludovsky (2013)
Undergraduate Research Assistants (partial list)
  • Avi Aizenman
  • Tanvi Bahuguna
  • Raquel Bubar
  • Deborah Chamama
  • Brian Dahlben
  • Nasia Frattaroli
  • Tali Friedland
  • Becca Glanz
  • Allen Gold
  • Gina Gotthilf
  • Christine Hosey
  • Manon Ironside (Eckerd College)
  • Sapir Karli
  • Todd Kirkland
  • Rebekah Lafontant
  • Rozi Levi
  • Leah Levy
  • Alina Liu
  • Shirley Lo
  • Karan Malik
  • Ariel Milan-Polisar
  • Wei Yee Mooi
  • Olivia Pobiel
  • Shanny Shmuel
  • Becky Sokal
  • Akash Vadalia
  • Liz Zharovsky
  • Rachel Zisman