Lab Director and Principal Investigator
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior; B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2015
M.S. in Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2019
Sarah’s work focuses on learning how toddlers and preschoolers utilize their memories to make decisions and how they learn to introspect on their cognitive decisions (metacognition). She uses behavioral, eye-tracking, and neuroimaging methods with both cross-sectional and longitudinal experimental designs to examine questions such as; how behavioral indicators of uncertainty in toddlerhood are related to overt uncertainty monitoring in preschool and how novelty preference may interfere with toddler’s ability to correctly act on their memories.
Alireza Kazemi, M.S.
B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering, Shahid Beheshti University, 2011
M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Tehran, 2014
Alireza likes to devote his entire professional life to understand and explain the mysteries behind this squishy piece of gray matter in our skulls. He is passionate about the intersection between computer science and psychology to explain how the human brain works. He is particularly interested in using different imaging methods to study the brain and develop models for the human memory and metamemory. Eventually, Alireza would like to understand the implications of human memory in decision-making, creativity, and intelligence.
B.S. in Psychology, Xavier University, 2015
Lindsey’s work focuses on hippocampal development and the development of episodic memory. She uses both behavioral and neuroimaging techniques in order to probe the trajectory of episodic memory development in infants and toddlers. She is broadly interested in the factors that contribute to memory development (sleep, semanticization, consolidation, etc.) and instances of atypical memory development in clinical populations.
B.A. in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2015
Nicholas’ research interests primarily focus on the neural correlates of relational memory and attention. Specifically, he wants to better understand how these systems change and interact across the lifespan. To accomplish this, he believes it is important to understand their trajectories during development and aging, both typically and under the constraints of divergent neurological or chronic health conditions. He is training to combine neuropsychological, neuroimaging, eye-tracking, and other scientific methods as investigative tools to pursue these research questions.
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B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2020
Sabrina is broadly interested in how memory develops in young children and the development of the hippocampus. She is particularly interested in understanding infantile amnesia–how is it that a young child can learn so much about their surroundings and the world, yet forget all early life events? Beyond her research, she loves knitting, working with kids, and showing them that science has so much more to offer than what they learn in the classroom.
B.S. in Human Development, Minor in Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2020
MaD Lab Position: Post-Doctoral Scholar
Current Position: World Bank
Dr. Clint Perry
MaD Lab Position: Junior Specialist
Dr. Nesrin Destan
MaD Lab Position: Visiting Scholar
M.S. in Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland, 2011
Current Position: University of Bern