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Dr. Paola Castelli

  Dr. Paola Castelli

Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Davis
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My research interests focus on two main areas of study: memory development and psychology & law. I am interested in children's memory accuracy, particularly in mechanisms underlying the formation and rejection of false memories. I am currently collaborating on projects investigating developmental trends in the use of metacognitive-based strategies to reject false events. For my doctoral dissertation, I am analyzing the role of familiarity and criterion shift in the emergence of the "revelation effect" and the different developmental trends that could be expected in susceptibility to this phenomenon.

 

Dr. Thanujeni (Jeni) Pathman

  Dr. Thanujeni (Jeni) Pathman

Former Post-Doctoral Scholar
Ph.D. Emory University
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I am interested in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience, with a focus on declarative memory. Using behavioral measures, ERP, fMRI and eye movement recordings, I aim to investigate the development of memory from infancy through childhood and into adulthood. I am especially interested in the development of memory for contextual information (like memory for temporal order), and developments in the neural substrates that support this type of memory.

 

Dr. Kristen Lyons

  Dr. Kristen Lyons

Former Graduate Student
Phd. Psychology
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One of the major factors underlying memory development is age-related improvements in children's ability to monitor and regulate their memory processes. My research primarily examines the development of these processes in early and middle childhood. Currently, for my dissertation research, I am investigating the emergence and early development of this capacity, by investigating preschoolers' ability to monitor and regulate their thinking in multiple cognitive domains (e.g., memory, perception, language). Additional research interests include the neural correlates of encoding and retrieval processes in children and metamemory development in children with traumatic brain injury.

 

Dr. Dana DeMaster

  Dr. Dana DeMaster

Former Graduate Student
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My research interests lie within the field of developmental cognitive science. Within this domain, I seek to understand more about memory, metamemory, and models of attention. Questions surrounding the developmental trajectory of these fundamental cognitive aptitudes drive my research pursuits. I am currently heading up a developmental fMRI study examining the neural correlates associated with recollection and familiarity.

 

Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso

  Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso

UC Berkely Post-Doctoral Researcher
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I am a post-doc in Dr. Silvia Bunge's lab at the HWNI at UC Berkeley who actively collaborates with Dr. Simona Ghetti on developmental cognitive neuroscience studies of memory. My research interests lie in the neurodevelopmental correlates of recollection, false memories, and memory suppression, as well as the development of cognitive inhibitory-control processes. I have recently headed up a developmental fMRI study focused on true and false memories, and now I am conducting developmental behavioral and neuroimaging studies aimed at examining the effects of intentional retrieval-inhibition processes in long-term memory, and the effects of suppressing previously encountered memories on recognizing currently relevant memories.

 

Pamela Gallego

  Pamela Gallego

Former Junior Specialist
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My research interests are in the area of cognitive development. In particular, I'm interested in furthering my understanding of cognitive functions such as memory and attention in children. Currently, I am investigating the neural correlates associated with false memories in children using fMRI. I received my BA and MA at York University, Canada.

 

Nesrin Destan

  Nesrin Destan

Former Visiting Reseacher
M.S. in Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland, 2011
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Clint Perry

  Clint Perry

Former Junior Specialist
B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2006
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Julia Ross

  Julia Ross

Former Junior Specialist
B.A. in Neuroscience, Wellesley College, 2011
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I graduated with honors from Wellesley College in May of 2011, where I completed a B.A. in Neuroscience. My previous research has focused on imagination and cognition in preschool aged children, as well as the brain development of adolescents exposed to specific childhood traumas.

 

Jacqueline Pospisil

  Jacqueline Pospisil

Former Junior Specialist
B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology, University of California, Davis, 2011
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In the last few years my primary focus has been the development of episodic memory but my others interests include prospection and the development of various social abilities in children, including ideas of equality and action understanding.

 

Marcos Sastre III

  Marcos Sastre III

Former Junior Specialist
B.S. in Cognitive and Brain Science, Tufts University, 2011
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Originally from Boston, I moved to Davis after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Cognitive and Brain Science and a minor in Communications at Tufts University. My primary research interests involve how media stimuli influence learning, attention, memory, and behavior.