Lab Director

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Gregory Samanez-Larkin

Gregory completed a BA at the University of Michigan (after transferring from UM Flint), PhD at Stanford, post-doc at Vanderbilt, and was an Assistant Professor at Yale from 2013 to 2017 before moving to Duke.

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Graduate Students

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Jaime Castrellon

Jaime is a cognitive neuroscience PhD student interested in decision neuroscience and how neuroscience can inform public policy and law. He was an undergraduate at USC, research assistant at Vanderbilt, and lab manager at UCLA. He is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

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Eric Juarez

Eric is a cognitive neuroscience PhD student interested in memory and decision making across the life span especially as it relates to health behavior. Eric also works with Roberto Cabeza. He was an undergraduate at Harvard. He is supported by a Dean's Graduate Fellowship.

 
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Mikella Green

Mikella is a cognitive neuroscience PhD student interested in the development of interventions across the life span and data science. She was previously an undergraduate and then lab manager at Duke.

 
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Morgan Taylor

Morgan is a cognitive PhD student interested in memory across the life span. Morgan is also working with Beth Marsh. She was previously an undergraduate at Princeton and lab manager at Dartmouth. She is supported by a Dean's Graduate Fellowship.

 
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Daisy Burr

Daisy is a cognitive neuroscience PhD student interested in the motivational constructs of emotion regulation across the lifespan. She was an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College and researcher in neuroimaging labs at Columbia University and Dartmouth College.

 
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Allie Sinclair

Allie is a cognitive neuroscience PhD student interested in episodic memory and learning from error. She also works with Alison Adcock, Beth Marsh, and Roberto Cabeza. She was previously an undergraduate at the University of Toronto. She is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship.


Research Assistants

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Sade Abiodun

Sade is the lab manager and research project coordinator for studies on risky decision making and health interventions across adulthood. She is a recent Duke graduate (BS Neuroscience with a Psychology Minor 2018). She is more broadly interested in the cognitive components of self-regulation and naturalistic approaches to understanding behavior. 

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Addison Troutman

Addison is a research project coordinator for studies on memory and decision making. She is a recent graduate from UNC Chapel Hill (Psychology BS with a Neuroscience Minor 2019). Her research interests include memory, health psychology, and psychiatric illness.

 
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Joanna Salerno

Joanna is a research project coordinator for studies on memory and decision making. She is a recent graduate from Elon University (Psychology BA with minors in Neuroscience and Biology 2018). She is interested in cognition, especially in relation to memory and aging, as well as the development of interventions to improve cognitive functioning in individuals with brain injuries.

 
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Melanie Camejo Coffigny

Melanie (Duke ’20) is a Neuroscience and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies double major. She is interested on the intersection between neuroscience and sexuality/gender studies, as well as in how neurological interventions can be used to treat medical conditions and improve overall health across age groups.  

 
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Carlton (Duke '20) is a Neuroscience major with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. He is interested in aging and neurological disorders and the development of interventions. 

 
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Aiyanna Kimble

Aiyanna (Duke ‘20) is a Psychology major pursuing certificates in Civic Engagement & Social Change and Markets & Management. She is interested in neuroeconomics, consumer psychology, and social enterprise.

 
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James Meade

James (Duke '20) is a Chemistry major pursuing a certificate in Decision Sciences. He is interested in how the mechanisms of motivation and decision making can be applied to improve our efficiency, well-being, and health.

 
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Sophie Tan

Sophie (Duke ’20) is a Psychology major with a minor in Political Science. She is interested in prenatal and early life development, and the factors that can affect children’s development in these critical years; she is also interested in the study of aging and neurodegenerative disorders. She hopes to explore different approaches of bridging our understanding of these two areas of interest.

 
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Monica Desjardins

Monica (Duke '21) is a Psychology and Global Health double major with a minor in Medical Sociology. She is interested in mental health, memory and trauma, and alleviating health disparities through health behaviors and interventions, specifically mental health disparities amongst Native American communities.

 
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Carmela Guaglianone

Carmela (Duke '21) is considering a major in Neuroscience and Global Health. In high school, she interned in a lab at Arizona State studying stress in the brain.

 
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ALEXANDER BENDECK

Alexander (Duke '21) is considering a double major in Computer Science and Statistical Science. He is interested in data science as well as using data to examine the motivations behind decision making in health and other contexts.

 
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Uma RAO

Uma (Duke '21) is considering a major in Neuroscience with a minor in Economics. She is interested in how aging affects memory, the development and treatment of neurological disorders, and behavioral economics.

 

 
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CHRISTIAN BENITEZ

Christian (Duke ‘21) is considering a major in Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology and certificate in Ethics and Society. He is interested in how education and stress influence brain development across various age groups.

 
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Olalla Duato

Olalla Duato (Duke ’22) is considering a major in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience. She is interested in the intersection between neuroscience, medicine, and design to create patient focused solutions.


Collaborators

Gary Bennett (Duke Psychology & Neuroscience)
Candace Brown (UNC Charlotte)
Roberto Cabeza (Duke Psychology & Neuroscience)
Nathaniel Daw (Princeton Neuroscience)
Felipe de Brigard (Duke Philosophy)
Emily Falk (UPenn Annenberg)
Ming Hsu (UC Berkeley Haas School of Business)
Camelia Kuhnen (UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School)

 

Kristen Lindquist (UNC Chapel Hill)
Corinna Löckenhoff (Cornell Human Development)
Elizabeth Marsh (Duke Psychology & Neuroscience)
Rui Mata (University of Basel)
Kendra Seaman (UT Dallas)
Darrell Worthy (Texas A&M)
David Zald (Vanderbilt Psychology)

 
 

Alumni

Where are they now?

Wondering what you can do after working in a psychology and neuroscience lab? Just about anything! Students  from our lab go on to post-bacc research positions (RA at MIT Sloan, RA at Harvard Psychology Department, RA at Duke Center for Cognitive Neuroscience), graduate degree programs in psychology (PhD at WashU, PhD at Georgetown), neuroscience (PhD at Washington), political science (PhD at Princeton), computer science (PhD at Brandeis), business (MBA at Yale SOM), medicine (MD at Harvard, MD at UCLA, MD at UChicago), public health (MPH at Yale, MPH at University of New Haven) or even music (MM in opera at Yale School of Music). Many other students and fellows work in tech (BetterWorksCreativeLive, Dropbox, Microsoft), finance (AIG Strategic Planning, Voleon Capital Management), consulting (BCG, Bane, Kingsley AssociatesMcKinsey, Oliver Wyman), marketing (Mark Cuban CompaniesTempo Strategic), or management (McMaster-Carr). 

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