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 PhD student interested in decision neuroscience and how neuroscience can inform public policy and law. He was previously 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 PhD student interested in memory and decision making across the life span especially as it relates to health behavior. He was an previously an undergraduate at Harvard. He is supported by a Dean's Graduate Fellowship.

 
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Mikella Green

Mikella is a cognitive PhD student interested in how memory changes with age, the development of clinical interventions, and data science. She was previously an undergraduate and then lab manager at Duke.

 
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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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Sammy Garland

Sammy (Duke '20) is a Computer Science major pursing a certificate in Decision Science and a minor in Chinese. She is interested in behavioral economics and how it can be applied to improve general well-being. 

 
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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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Michael Model

Michael (Duke '20) is a Statistical Science major pursuing a minor in Economics and a certificate in Decision Science. He is interested in behavioral economics, neuromarketing and how age and other factors affect financial decision making.

 
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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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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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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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Leah Burgess

Leah received her bachelor's in psychological science and counseling from Austin Peay State University in 2015. She is currently a project coordinator on a collaborative study between our lab and the Zald Affective Neuroscience Lab at Vanderbilt. She is located in Nashville.

 
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Danica San Juan

Danica received bachelors and masters degrees in psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas and a masters in social work from the University of Michigan.  She is currently a project coordinator on a collaborative study between our lab and the Zald Affective Neuroscience Lab at Vanderbilt. She is located in Nashville.

 

Collaborators

Roberto Cabeza (Duke Psychology & Neuroscience)
Laura Carstensen (Stanford Psychology)
Nathaniel Daw (Princeton Neuroscience)
Barbara Fredrickson (UNC Chapel Hill)
Douglas Garrett (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
Ming Hsu (UC Berkeley Haas School of Business)
Brian Knutson (Stanford Psychology)
Camelia Kuhnen (UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School)

 

Daeyeol Lee (Yale Neurobiology)
Ifat Levy (Yale Comparative Medicine)
Corinna Löckenhoff (Cornell Human Development)
Elizabeth Marsh (Duke Psychology & Neuroscience)
Rui Mata (University of Basel)
Evan Morris (Yale PET Center)
Angela O'Rand (Duke Sociology)
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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