People

Principal Investigator

David Badre
Position: Associate Professor (Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences)
Email: david_badre(at)brown.edu
; curriculum vitae
Website: https://vivo.brown.edu/display/dbadre

 

 

Post-Doctoral Fellows

personal photo of post-doc Chris Chatham
Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Email: chathach(at)gmail.com
; curriculum vitae
Website:  http://research.clps.brown.edu/cchatham/

 

 

Research Interests: I investigate the cognitive mechanisms supporting adaptive control over behavior. To be adaptive over both evolutionary timescales and more momentary ones, these cognitive control mechanisms must balance constraints facing many resource-limited systems. I take inspiration from such systems, using formal models to refine hypotheses about how cognitive control may address fundamental constraints. I then test these hypotheses with a convergent cognitive neuroscience approach. I test children and adults using physiological techniques like pupillometry and EEG, and cutting-edge technologies like fMRI and TMS, all building on a computational foundation in neural networks and Bayesian modeling.

 

personal photo of post-doc Theresa Desrochers

Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Email: Theresa_Desrochers(at)brown.edu
; curriculum vitae
Website:  http://research.clps.brown.edu/tmd/

 

 

Research Interests: I am interested in sequences and sequence learning. I completed my PhD in Neuroscience at MIT studying habit formation using multi-electrode recording techniques in the non-human primate. I am joining the Badre lab to learn human imaging techniques and study the interaction between frontal cortical and subcortical brain areas during the proceduralization of tasks.

 

personal photo of post-doc Kerstin Unger

Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Email: kerstin_unger(at)brown.edu
; curriculum vitae

 

 

 

personal photo of post-doc Apoorva Bhandari

Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Email: apoorva_bhandari(at)brown.edu
; curriculum vitae

 

 

Research Interests: I am interested in how people rapidly learn the structure of complex, novel tasks. I am using novel behavioral and computational methods to probe subject's knowledge about structure as they are learning the task. 

 

personal photo of post-doc Justin Cox

Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Email: justin_cox(at)brown.edu

 

 

Research Interests: I'm interested in memory and decision-making. I'm specifically interested in how a particular region of the brain, the striatum, contributes to normal memory function. My main goal in joining the Badre lab is learning to use functional neuroimaging as a tool to study human memory processes.

 

Graduate Students

Jason Scimeca
Position: Graduate Student (Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences)
Email: jason_scimeca(at)brown.edu; curriculum vitae

Website: http://scimeca.net

 

 

Research Interests: I am interested in executive function, cognitive control of memory, and the prefrontal cortex. The cognitive control system can strategically guide memory based on internal goals and external context, but how do control mechanisms update these strategies as our context and goals change? I am currently studying this dynamic control of declarative memory, with a focus on frontal-striatal interactions. Ongoing projects in the Badre Lab are investigating how striatal signals contribute to mnemonic control processes, such as the development of effective retrieval strategies in semantic memory and the adjustment of decision criteria in recognition memory.

 

patti shihPatti Shih
Position: Graduate Student (Neuroscience)
Email: patricia_shih(at)brown.edu; curriculum vitae

 

 

 

Ceyda Sayali
Position: Graduate Student (Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences)
Email: ceyda_sayali(at)brown.edu; curriculum vitae

 

 

 

Lab Manager

Brittany Ciullo
Position: Lab Manager

Email: brittany_ciullo(at)brown.edu;

 

 


Undergraduate Students

Carolyn RantiSara Palasits
Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant
Email: perri_katzman(at)brown.edu

 

 

 

jonathanJonathan Nicholas
Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant
Email: jonathan_nicholas@brown.edu

 

 

 

Amanda Ruggieri
Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant
Email: amanda_ruggieri@brown.edu

 

 

 

Ashley Wu
Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant
Email: ashley_wu@brown.edu

 

 

 

Lucy Duan
Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant
Email: lucy_duan@brown.edu

 

 

 

Ria Vaidya
Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant
Email: ria_vaidya@brown.edu

 

 

 

Lab Alumni

 

Chris Gagne (Lab Manager) contact: gagnecr@gmail.com. (Pursuing PhD at UC Berkeley)

Jennifer Barredo (Graduate Student) contact: jennifer_barredo@brown.edu. (Pursuing post-doc here at Brown)

Erika Nyhus (Post-Doctoral fellow) contact: enyhus@bowdoin.edu (Now an Assistant Professor at Bowdoin College)

Lauren McShane (Lab Manager) contact: lauren.m.mcshane@gmail.com

Ilke Oztekin (Post-Doctoral fellow) contact: ioztekin@ku.edu.tr (Now an Assistant Professor at Koç University)

Nicole Long (Lab Manager) contact: niclong (at) sas (dot) upenn (dot) edu (Pursuing PhD at UPenn, soon to start post-doc at NYU)

 

Former Undergraduate Collaborators

Perri Katzman

Caryn Cobb

Carolyn Ranti

Kieran Alessi

Jamie Brew

Zack Bornstein

Zeynep Gungor

Priscilla Mok

David Pagliaccio

Monica Rosenberg

Matt Scult

 

 

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