Principal Investigator

Monica Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Monica Rosenberg is an Associate Professor of Psychology and member of the Committees on Computational Neuroscience and Neurobiology and the Institute for Mind and Biology at the University of Chicago. Before coming to Chicago, she received her Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychology at Yale. Before that, she was an undergraduate at Brown, where she studied cognitive neuroscience. Monica’s work uses functional MRI, behavioral experiments, and machine learning methods to investigate how we pay attention and understand the consequences of attention fluctuations for memory and learning.

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Postdoctoral Scholar

Matthieu Chidharom

Matthieu Chidharom is a postdoctoral scholar in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Before coming to Chicago, Matthieu earned his Ph.D. from the University of Strasbourg (France) and completed his initial postdoctoral training at Lehigh University (PA). His research focuses on offering a better understanding of the cognitive and neural mechanisms contributing to the efficient performance of (sustained and selective) attention in both healthy subjects and psychiatric populations.

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Research Staff

Jin Ke

Jin is the lab manager for the CAB Lab. He is interested in the neural and cognitive dynamics during narrative perception and recall. Jin received his B.S. from Peking University and his M.A. from the MA Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) at the University of Chicago. Outside the lab, Jin likes playing with his cat Nap, playing basketball, and listening to Mayday songs.

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Ph.D. Students

Nia Berrian

Nia is a graduate student in the Committee for Neurobiology MD/PhD Program. They are interested in developmental trajectories of attention and the impact of social and environmental factors on sustained attention. Outside of lab, Nia likes watching women’s sports, walking through parks or cuddling with their cat.

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Anna Corriveau

Anna is a graduate student in the Cognitive Psychology Program. Anna is interested in how aspects of attention change over time and across individuals. When she’s not in lab, you can usually find Anna out for a run or trying to find the best chips and salsa in the city.

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Hayoung Song, M.S.

Hayoung is a doctoral student in the Integrative Neuroscience Program.  Hayoung’s research focuses on understanding the neural state dynamics relevant for cognition and their computational mechanisms. She uses naturalistic tasks in human behavioral and fMRI studies. 

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Ziwei Zhang

Ziwei is a graduate student in the Cognitive Psychology Program. She is interested in the neural underpinnings of human learning and how attention helps us achieve flexible learning behaviors. Ziwei likes some good music, singing, watching movies and genuine human connections!

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Mina Kwon

Mina is a visiting PhD student from Seoul National University, Computational Clinical Science Laboratory. Her research focuses on irrational decision-making in addiction, especially in predicting real-life addictive behaviors. By employing neuroscientific and computational approaches, she aims to identify surrogate markers indicative of addiction-related behaviors with practical clinical applications. In the CAB Lab, she is eager to learn about naturalistic fMRI paradigms and apply them in her addiction research!

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Rain Simons

Rain Simons is a visiting PhD student in cognitive psychology with special interest in ADHD and related dimensions of individual variation in cognition. Rain’s research interests include cognitive strengths associated with ADHD and the development of translational cognitive neuroscience methods to allow people to benefit medically and otherwise from the knowledge of their unique brain activity patterns. Outside the lab, you might find Rain singing or enthusing over the latest theories on happiness and friendship.

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M.A. Students

Wanzhi (Libby) Lyu

Libby is currently in the MA Program in Social Sciences, Psychology concentration. She received her B.S. degree from the University of Iowa. Libby is interested in the neural mechanisms of sustained attention and how sustained attention influences other cognitive abilities. During her free time, she relaxes and regains energy by spending time with her cat.

Xiaochen Ding

Xiaochen is a second-year graduate student in the Computational Social Science program. He is interested in applying computational analysis methods to neuroimaging data. During his free time, he spends time with his friends in the theater club, and they often showcase their performances at the Reynolds Club towards the end of each quarter.

Undergraduate RAs

Samantha Bertschi

Samantha is an undergraduate in the college, expecting to graduate in 2025 with a major in Psychology and Economics. She is interested in the underlying neural mechanisms of sustained attention and memory. When not working, you can find her swimming for the Varsity team and spending time outdoors.

Isaac Crane

Isaac is an undergraduate in the College expecting to graduate with the class of 2027. He is interested in the application of computer science principles to research. When not studying or working, he enjoys playing chess and listening to podcasts at double speed.

Louisa Lyu

Louisa is an undergraduate in the College expecting to graduate with the Class of 2024 with degrees in Psychology and Statistics. She is interested in studying the neural mechanisms behind subjective experiences. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and playing team-based strategy games.

Taysha Martinez

Taysha is an undergraduate student at the college, expecting to graduate with the Class of 2024 with a degree in Neuroscience and a minor in Visual Arts. She is interested in studying fluctuations in sustained attention and memory. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, making jewelry, and baking!

Anu Mummaneni

Anu is an undergraduate in the College, expecting to graduate in the Class of 2024 with a degree in Neuroscience. She is interested in the mechanisms of sleep, as well as the intersection of sleep and memory. In her free time, you can find her dancing or drawing.

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Laura Sams

Laura is an undergraduate in the College expecting to graduate with the Class of 2024 with degrees in Cognitive Science and Biological Sciences, specializing in Quantitative Biology. She is interested in studying adolescent attention and cognitive development using computational modeling. When not working, you can find her crocheting, cooking, and playing with her cat.

Alumni

Postdoctoral Scholars

Omid Kardan, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Students

Yuting (Jassmin) Deng
Deniz Eracar
Anthony James Jr.
Chacriya (Mudmee) Sereeyothin
Lucy Tindel
Cheyenne Wakeland-Hart