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

Ashley Ransom, Graduate Student

Ashley is a 6th year Ph.D. student in Human Development. Before coming to Cornell, she completed a master’s degree in experimental psychology at the University of Arkansas and worked as a lab manager at the University of Chicago. Ashley’s research explores the costs and benefits of imitation during social learning. She explores this topic from a developmental perspective by working with both adults and a wide age range of children. A second line of research examines how children utilize shared emotional information to make social inferences and social choices.


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E-mail: asr288@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

Pardis Rostami, Graduate Student

Pardis Rostami completed her BS in Psychology from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich specializing in psychopathology and clinical neuropsychology. For her bachelor's thesis, "Task-based Memory Systems in Contextual Cueing of Visual Search", she conducted a study on the Contextual Cueing Effect. In her thesis, she demonstrated that the recognition task is not valid for probing the learned material's implicitness or explicitness. At the moment she is working on the effects of vagal nerve stimulation on highly detailed memory, especially pattern separation.


E-mail: pr475@cornell.edu

Senegal Mabry, Graduate Student

Senegal Alfred Mabry is a Ph.D. student in Human Development and an Obama Foundation My Brother's Keeper Alliance Advisory Board Member. Previously Mabry served as a Senior Policy Analyst at The James B. Hunt Institute and as Assistant to the Chancellor of the New York State Education Department. Mabry's research explores the mechanics of choice and the connections between emotions and learning.Mabry plays a leadership role in The Get to Know Your Brain Days (Brain Days) program, an education intervention created by The Affect and Cognition Lab and supported by Cornell's Community Neuroscience Initiative. Brain Days democratizes neuroscience for young learners and boosts their academic performance.


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

Yidan Chen, Master's Student

Yidan is a Master’s student from Guangzhou, China. She is interested in how neuroplasticity relates to learning and memory, especially in responding to experiences and aging. She is also interested in how plasticity contributes to treatments of brain diseases and disorders. Her current research uses physiological measures to study the association between heart rate variability and maladaptive memory encoding. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking and travelling. She’s also looking forward to her first snow in Ithaca!


E-mail: yc877@cornell.edu

Daniela Betancurt, Lab Manager

Daniela is from Bogotá, Colombia. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology, a B.Sc. in Microbiology and a minor in Psychobiology from Universidad de Los Andes. She is interested in how the host-microbiome interactions affects the neurobiology of the brain and the host physiological health. She is also interested in the neurochemistry of learning and memory. In her free time she likes to read non-fiction and go jogging.


E-mail: db849@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 one of the new lab managers, she looks forward to using rats as an aging model, debugging lab programs, and helping with Graduate Student projects.


E-mail: mkm265@cornell.edu

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