Dr. Adam Anderson, Associate Professor

Dr. Anderson received his B.A. in cognitive science at Vassar College, doctoral training in cognitive psychology at Yale University, and post-doctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at Stanford University. He most recently worked at the University of Toronto for 10 years before moving to the Department of Human Development at Cornell. Born and raised in Staten Island, He was happy to be back in his home state of NY and hope to live up to Cornell's land grant mission!

He has served on the editorial boards of Psychological Science, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Emotion, Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, and is on the founding editorial board of SCAN, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, a journal dedicated to the new, rapidly growing field of social cognitive neuroscience. He presently serves as Associate editor for the journal Emotion.

In 2009, He was awarded with the APA Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. Click here to read his award biography. In 2010, He received the Young Investigator Award by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

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E-mail: aka47@cornell.edu

Dr. Eve De Rosa, Associate Professor

Dr. De Rosa's work can be best described as comparative cognitive neuroscience, which is characterized by two related approaches. One is a cross-species approach, comparing rat models of the neurochemistry of attention and learning to humans, focusing on the neurochemical acetylcholine. The other is an across the lifespan approach, examining the cholinergic hypothesis of age-related changes in cognition.

She uses activity mapping from fMRI data to provide theoretical models that can then be more fully tested in rats combining local field potential recordings with immunotoxic lesions and pharmacology.

She received her B.A. in Biology-Psychology from Vassar College and then worked as a research assistant for a few years at Harvard University School of Medicine and fell in love with research. She was trained in animal neuroscience and received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Harvard University and then received training in human neuroscience as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine. She enjoys bringing both of these approaches together in her lab.

E-mail: edd56@cornell.edu

Elizabeth Riley, Postdoctoral Fellow

Elizabeth Riley spent part of her childhood in Ithaca, NY and has returned as a postdoctoral fellow after getting her BS in Bioengineering from MIT and PhD in neuroscience from Boston University School of Medicine. She uses pupillometery, MRI (functional and structural) and neuropsychological tests to study the locus coeruleus, the norepinephrine system and their role in cognition and cognitive aging.

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E-mail: er482@cornell.edu

Deeksha Sharma, Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Sharma’s research work is interdisciplinary, galvanizing Human Resource Management, Psychology, and Behavioral Neuroscience. She did her Ph.D. in Emotional Intelligence, exploring its connection with brain laterality and self-efficacy. She graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. She is an electronics and communication engineer and an MBA in Human Resource and Finance as a dual major. She is currently interested in understanding neurobehavioral individual differences related to emotional intelligence which impacts financial decision making based on cognitive and emotional processes in the brain.

E-mail: deeksha.sharma@cornell.edu

Saeedeh Sadeghi, Graduate Student

Saeedeh did her BS in Computer Engineering at Shiraz University and her MS in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Modeling at the University of Tehran. During her Master's she worked on metacognition in substance dependent individuals and reinforcement learning modeling of risky decision making. She is currently interested in how cognitive and emotional processes in the brain interact with bodily autonomic responses. She'd like to employ machine learning methods and AI models to help in understanding this interaction.

E-mail: ss3767@cornell.edu

Hetvi Doshi, Graduate Student

Emotions are a lens with which we view the world. However, this lens’ is colour scale is unique to the individual. That is, we experience emotions subjectively. The same trigger can make Person A sad and Person B happy. It’s this subjectivity that has piqued Hetvi's curiosity. The present focus in Hetvi's research is mapping the olfactory and gustatory networks that capture this individual experience. Hetvi is also interested in consciousness, and how our ability to have these subjective experiences separates us from others as a species and as a person. Besides nerding out, Hetvi enjoys reading fiction, writing poetry, bingeing shows, travelling and working in new countries and cultures, and cooking (this list is now exhaustive of all Hetvi's generic hobbies.)

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E-mail: hsd37@cornell.edu

Senegal Mabry, Graduate Student

Senegal Alfred Mabry is a second-year Ph.D. Student in the neuroscience area of the Department of Psychology at Cornell University. Mabry is working on characterizing the potentially shared pathology and the comorbidity between Parkinson's Disease (PD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). People with PD are at a greater risk of CVD. Yet CVD risk factors like smoking history and past myocardial infarctions do not increase likelihood of PD diagnosis. There are, however, powerful psychosocial risk factors for CVD (perceived social support, socioeconomic status, racial bias, anxiety, and depression). Yet, the potential role of these risk factors in the pathogenesis and the comorbidity between CVD and PD is not well understood. He is an alum of the Summer Program for Neuroscience Excellence and Success at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole. He is team lead at the Community Neuroscience Initiative at Cornell, training preservice educators to use neuroscience to innovate their classroom curriculum. Senegal is the Graduate Student Advisor of the Cornell University chapter of Parkinson's Pals, an organization partnered with the Davis Phinney Foundation to connect people with PD to undergraduates for social interaction and support.

E-mail: sam469@cornell.edu

Lia Chen, Graduate Student

Lia is a 1st-year PhD student in the Affect and Cognition Lab and a 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. honors in Human Development (2019), and also worked as Lab Manager & Research Assistant in the Holmes Lab at Yale University for two years. Lia is interested in using genetics and neuroimaging approaches to study age-related changes in brain function, as well as genetic risk factors for presymptomatic dementia. She also aims to computationally model functional networks of psychiatric disorders in the brain. Outside of the lab, Lia enjoys singing/rapping, producing electronic dance music, and improvising music on the piano/flute.

E-mail: lc748@cornell.edu

Mary MacMillan, Lab Manager

Mary MacMillan graduated from Cornell in 2020 with a major in Human Biology, Health, and Society and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Tayler Eaton studying the encoding of traumatic memories. As a new lab manager, she works with rodents in understanding the role of Acetylcholine in proactive interference, writing and debugging programs for the lab, and assisting in Dr. Riley's study on the aging brain.

E-mail: mkm265@cornell.edu

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