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_MG_2009Dr. Paola Castelli

Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Davis
Email: pcastelli@ucdavis.edu 

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.

jeni crop2Dr. Thanujeni (Jeni) Pathman

Former Post-Doctoral Scholar
Ph.D. Emory University
Email: tpathman@ucdavis.edu 

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

Former Graduate Student
Phd. Psychology
Email: klyons@ucdavis.edu 

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

Former Graduate Student
Email: dmdemaster@ucdavis.edu 

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.

photo_kepa_final1Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso

UC Berkeley Post-Doctoral Researcher 
Email: kpazalonso@berkeley.edu 

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

Former Junior Specialist
Email: pkgallego@ucdavis.edu 

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

Former Visiting Reseacher
M.S. in Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland, 2011
Email: nesrin.destan@psy.unibe.ch 




clint1Clint Perry

Former Junior Specialist
B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2006
Email: csperry@ucdavis.edu 

DSCF6756Jacqueline Pospisil

Former Junior Specialist
B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology, University of California, Davis, 2011
Email: jwpospisil@ucdavis.edu

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.

jross2Julia Ross

Former Junior Specialist
B.A. in Neuroscience, Wellesley College, 2011
Email: jumross@ucdavis.edu 

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.

me22Marcos Sastre III

Former Junior Specialist
B.S. in Cognitive and Brain Science, Tufts University, 2011
Email: msastre@ucdavis.edu

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.


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Lauren Hunter

Former Junior Specialist
B.S. in Human Development, University of California, Davis, 2013

After four years spent working as a preschool teacher, I am excited to continue learning about child development in a research setting. I am interested in the influence of psychopathology on memory.



Dr. Emily Hembacher

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Curriculum Vitæ

My primary research interest is the development of metacognition, or “thinking about thinking.” I am particularly interested in how children monitor their own cognitive processes, and how they use their monitoring to guide their behavior. My current projects involve the early development of metacognition during toddlerhood and the preschool years, as well as the interplay of metacognition and decision making during the elementary years.