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Erin Isbilen: graduate student

Erin graduated cum laude from the University of California Santa Cruz with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Literature. Her past research involves work on synesthesia, memory, and the role of emotion in music-color cross-modal associations. Her current research in the CNL lab focuses on the nature and development of semantic representation. She is also a member of Cornell Cognitive Science, and is an NSF GRFP fellow. Ethan Jost

Ethan Jost: graduate student

Ethan graduated summa cum laude from Saint Louis University in 2011 with an Honors B.A. in Psychology and minor concentrations in Philosophy and History. He worked extensively in Chris Conway’s lab there, researching cognitive development and statistical learning, primarily using event-related brain potentials. At Cornell, Ethan studies how statistical learning and other basic cognitive processes underlie language learning and processing. He also researches plasticity, reorganization, and right hemisphere contributions to language function in brain tumor patients with collaborators at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Ethan Jost

Julia Ying: graduate student

Julia graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. degree in Cognitive Science. She worked with Prof. Tom Griffiths on computational models of cognition, studying music perception and cognition in the context of cultural transmission. Here at Cornell, Julia hopes to continue using computational models to study cultural transmission, as well as language evolution and acquisition. Julia Ying

Dante Dahabreh: undergraduate research assistant

Dante is a Freshman at Cornel University majoring in Psychology on the pre-medicine track. His passions in research involve cognitive neuroscience and art as an influence on brain development for young children and adolescents. On his free time, Dante is involved in writing for the Cornell Daily Sun and partaking in photography as a hobby. He hopes to use the research skills that he develops as a step towards bridging science and the humanities in order to make an impact. Dante Dahabreh

Jessica Flynn: undergraduate research assistant

Jessica is a junior at Cornell University majoring in Biometry ad Statistics. She is interested in learning about language acquisition and computational modeling, and is very happy to be part of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Jessica also enjoys doing public service in her spare time and is an active REACH tutor. Jessica Flynn

Jacob Kolenda: undergraduate research assistant

Jacob is currently a sophomore double majoring in Biological Sciences and Economics. He is primarily interested in understanding the various factors which affect language acquisition. In his spare time, he does recreational fencing and is a REACH tutor at an elementary school in Ithaca. Jacob Kolenda

Jeanne Powell: undergraduate research assistant

Jeanne is a junior at Cornell majoring in Biology and Psychology. Her research interests include the relationship between language and music, as well as speech segmentation. Outside of the lab, Jeanne enjoys playing in the Big Red Marching Band and baking bread. Jeanne Powell

Samantha Reig: undergraduate research assistant

Samantha is a junior Psychology major in the College of Arts & Sciences. Her research interests include memory, perception, mental illness, and language development, and she is excited to research language from neurological and computational angles in the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. When she's not in the lab or studying in the library, Sam can often be found in Sage Chapel rehearsing with the Cornell University Chorus or under a tree with a mystery novel. Samantha Reig

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