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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Postdoctoral Fellows

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Kendra Seaman

Kendra Seaman is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Duke University, funded by T32 AG000029-41 through the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, doing research in the MCAB Lab.  Her research examines the intersections of learning, motivation, and decision making across the adult life span using behavioral, modeling and neuroimaging techniques. Prior to earning her Ph.D., she served as a Teach For America corps member, teaching science at Frick Middle School in Oakland, California, and as a teacher and department chair at KIPP DC: KEY Academy in Washington, DC

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Candace Brown

Dace is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Duke University, funded by T32 AG000029-41 through the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. She is collaborating with the lab on studies examining the effects of physical activity and fitness on brain health across adulthood.

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Christopher Smith

Chris received his PhD in Neurobiology from UNC Chapel Hill, where he worked with Charlotte Boettiger. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University in the Zald Lab at Vanderbilt and collaborates with our lab on PET imaging studies of the dopamine system. 

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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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Jack Brooks

Jack is a clinical PhD student working primarily with Gary Bennett using technology to make assessment and interventions more accessible to underserved populations. She is collaborating with our lab on studies using neuromarketing to optimize digital health interventions. She was previously an undergraduate at NYU.

 
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Daisy Burr

Daisy is a visiting PhD student from Dartmouth interested in emotion and cognition across adulthood. She was previously an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence and then research assistant at Columbia.


Research Assistants

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Eliana Armora

Eliana is the lab manager and project coordinator for studies on health promotion (collaborations with Gary Bennett's lab) and memory and decision making (collaborations with Cabeza, Marsh, and de Brigard labs). She joined the lab as an undergraduate at Duke (dual BS in Neuroscience and Global Health 2018). She is interested in the relationship between health behaviors, cognition, and mental health and well being. 

 
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Sade Abiodun

Sade is a research project coordinator for studies on risky decision making 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 understanding the neural bases of behavior. 

 
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MIcaela brewington

Micaela (Duke ’19) is a Neuroscience and Global Health double major with a minor in French. She is interested in how cognitive processes influence behavior change, particularly concerning public health promotion.

 
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Natalia Espinosa

Natalia (Duke '19) is a Neuroscience major with minors in Computer Science and Cultural Anthropology. She is interested in how motivation influences cognition, as well as the ethical implications of neuroscience. 

 
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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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Lucy Greenwald

Lucy (Duke '20) is a Biology major with a minor in Chemistry. She is interested in behavioral science approaches to marketing, infectious disease prevention and treatment, and forensic pathology. 

 
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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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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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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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Katlyn Hurst

Katlyn (Duke ’21) is a Biology major with a minor in Education and pursuing a certificate in Civic Engagement and Social Change. She is interested in the development of interventions for neurological disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

 
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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.


Collaborators

Gary Bennett (Duke Psychology & Neuroscience)
Roberto Cabeza (Duke Psychology & Neuroscience)
Laura Carstensen (Stanford Psychology)
Nathaniel Daw (Princeton Neuroscience)
Felipe de Brigard (Duke Philosophy)
Douglas Garrett (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
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)
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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