Emily and Elizabeth at the Students Research Symposium (SUNY New Paltz), Spring 2013
Lab of Brain and Cognition, Spring 2012
(from the left, Nathan Earl, Michael Acerra, Victoria Schuster, Elizabeth Sacchi)
B.A. (1992): General/Experimental Psychology
University of Padua, Italy
Ph.D. (1996): Cognitive Psychology
University of Pavia, Italy
Postdoctoral research (1997-2001): Brain Development Lab (Dr. Helen Neville),
University of Oregon, Eugene
Amanda Lane (graduate). I earned my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in French from Christopher Newport University. Broadly, I am interested in cognitive and developmental psychology, as well as neuroscience. Specifically, I am interested in the experiences of second language exposure and acquisition and how those experiences might affect cognitive components like executive skills and metalinguistic awareness during different stages of life. Additionally, some of my other interests include study skills, executive skill deficits, reading acquisition, and canine cognition. I am currently reviewing past literature and developing ideas for my master’s thesis. After earning my M.A., I would like to continue furthering my education at the doctoral level. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, listening to music, and learning. In general, I love dogs, but I especially love those who are brachycephalic, and my absolute favorite dog is my little black pug, Buddy!
Elizabeth Sacchi (undergraduate). I am currently a senior studying psychobiology with a minor in disaster studies. The research project I am currently working on concerns changes in brain organization tied to second language learning in late English-Spanish bilinguals. I would like to continue research of my own at the graduate level in the area of cognitive neuroscience, with a possible concentration in some area of cognitive development. Outside of the lab, I enjoy learning about disaster mental health counseling as well as photography.
Emily Heimbender (undergraduate). I am an undergraduate senior at SUNY New Paltz, majoring in Psychobiology. I am currently collaborating on a project investigating what neural changes occur when people learn a second language. I hope to continue onto graduate school, where I intend to study cognitive neuroscience. In my spare time, I enjoy running, and doing zumba, yoga, and dance.
Alumnae and alumni: Victoria Schuster, Nathan Earl, Michael Acerra, Julie Nabozny, Brenna Fearey (Univ. of Utrecht), Nolan Conaway (Binghamton University), Jesse Siegel, Denise Donatien-Coder, Eric Herskowitz, Viviana Quinones, Catherine Whiteman, Monica Stillwell, Molly Baker, Joe DiPietro (Cornell University), Kirsten Rowe, Jennifer Ollendorf, Regina Musicaro (Harvard University), Cristina Sanchez, Jeremy Murphy (CUNY), Keith Rico, Micheal Rotelli, Fernanda Santos-Shaw, Michael Reisner, Josh Boggan, Patricia Broome, Stella Quinn, Jamie Slonim, Teressa Del Santo, Joanna Doerfer, Amertah Perman, Jennifer Earle