PURSUE Team

PURSUE is a collaborative initiative to facilitate the training of undergraduates in cognitive electrophysiology. See our team members below. Our website contains instructional tools and teaching materials to guide educators in developing curricula for EEG/ERP classrooms and lab environments.

About the Primary Investigators

The PIs have extensive experience teaching undergraduate-level EEG/ERP methods in their research labs and courses. They are leading a group of experts in cognitive electrophysiology to create high-quality open source educational materials. The PIs embrace a student-centric approach to education that inspires student-faculty research collaboration.

Dr. Cindy Bukach

Cindy M. Bukach, Ph.D.

University of Richmond

Dr. Bukach is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and the MacEldin Trawick Endowed Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Bukach’s research uses behavioral and electrophysiological methods to examine the factors underlying category specificity. One extension of her work is to better understand and ameliorate racial bias and other race effects.

Dr. Jane Couperus

Jane W. Couperus, Ph.D.

Mount Holyoke College

Dr. Couperus is currently the Director of Assessment Academic Analytics at Mt. Holyoke College as well as Professor Emerita of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Dr. Couperus’s research focused on the development and functioning of visual selective attention using behavior and electrophysiological methods. 

Dr. Cathy Reed

Catherine L. Reed, Ph.D.

Claremont McKenna College

Dr. Reed is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and the McElwee Family Professor of Psychology & George R. Roberts Fellow Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. Dr. Reed’s research uses behavioral and electrophysiological techniques to study perception and action. She examines the influences of the body on attention, perception, and emotional processing.

The Faculty Learning Community (FLC) was formed to participate in the development and assessment of PURSUE’s electrophysiological methodology teaching materials. The FLC also provides a professional community and support network. The following six founding members were instrumental in developing the introductory materials and full-semester course.

Mara Breen, Ph.D.

Mount Holyoke College

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Dr. Breen’s research focuses on speech prosody and uses event-related potentials to measure real-time scalp electrical activity to more accurately measure the timing and interaction of cognitive processes.

Rebecca Compton, Ph.D.

Haverford College

Dr. Compton’s research investigates attention, executive functions, and emotion using EEG/ERP and eye-tracking methods. Her textbook Cognitive Neuroscience, coauthored with Marie Banich (Cambridge University Press, 2018), is a great introduction for undergraduates as well as graduate students.

David Leland, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

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Dr. Leland uses electroencephalography (EEG) to study the neural underpinnings of cognition, motivation, and action.

Erika Nyhus, Ph.D.

Bowdoin College

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Dr. Nyhus’ research focuses on the neural processes involved in higher-level cognition, including executive functioning and episodic memory. Her research has addressed these topics through behavioral and neuroimaging (EEG/ERP), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods.

Jeffrey J. Sable, Ph.D.

Christian Brothers University

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Dr. Sable’s research focuses on attention and perception, especially in the auditory system, using event-related brain potentials to study these processes.

Anjali Thapar, Ph.D.

Bryn Mawr College

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Dr. Thapar ‘s research examines age-related differences in perception, attention, frontal lobe functioning, and memory using models of information processing and electrophysiology.

The following implementing members are fine tuning the full semester course and materials.

Laurie Bayet, Ph.D.

American University

Dr. Bayet is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist interested in infant cognitive development and high-level vision. Her lab combines electro-encephalography (EEG), behavioral methods, and computational tools to uncover how infants and young children learn to interpret complex visual objects, such as visual objects that are relevant to affective, social communication.

Amanda Cremone-Caira, Ph.D.

Merrimack College

Dr. Cremone-Caira is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Merrimack College. Dr. Cremone-Caira’s research combines measures of cognitive electrophysiology (i.e., EEG and ERP) with behavioral tasks to characterize neural correlates of cognitive and socioemotional development during early childhood.

Youssef Ezzyat, Ph.D.

Wesleyan University

Dr. Ezzyat’s research uses electrophysiology to study how the brain organizes memories for everyday experiences, and how the neural representations of memories change over time.

Sherona Garrett-Ruffin, Ph.D.

Bowling Green State University

Dr. Garrett-Ruffin’s interest is developing authentic research experiences for undergraduate students in psychophysiology. Her undergraduate psychophysiology teaching laboratory focuses on gathering and interpreting electroencephalography (EEG) data, and exploring psychophysiology from a multicultural perspective.

Nikki Honzel, Ph.D.

Carroll College

Dr.Honzel’s current research interests are often dictated by clever students.  Recent projects include evaluating the effectiveness of alternative therapies and finding neurological correlates in individuals after experiencing something “fun”.

Joe Hopfinger, Ph.D.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Hopfinger’s research focuses on the interplay of top-down and bottom-up influences on the capturing and holding of attention. His lab uses ERPs, neuroimaging, and neurostimulation methods to investigate the brain mechanisms underlying attentional control.

Elif Isbell, Ph.D.

University of California Merced

Dr. Isbell studies the development and neuroplasticity of cognitive control skills in childhood and adolescence, as they are embedded in households and classrooms, within the broader context of diverse socioeconomic and cultural experiences.

Erin Kang, Ph.D.

Montclair State University

Dr. Kang’s research focuses on examining various factors that underlie clinical presentation in autistic individuals, including neural mechanisms and plasticity, and using these insights to refine and innovate evidence-based interventions to improve well-being and mental health in this population.

Paul Kieffaber, Ph.D.

The College of William & Mary

Dr. Kieffaber’s research uses behavioral measures and electroencephalography (EEG/ERP) to examine the neural correlates of attention & cognitive control and improve our understanding about changes in cognitive functioning in clinical populations.

Andrew Leynes, Ph.D.

The College of New Jersey

Dr. Leynes research uses ERPs to understand memory – in particular how fluency, the ease of processing, affects recognition memory.

Echo Leaver, Ph.D.

Salisbury University

Dr. Leaver’s research uses psychophysiological measures to investigate associative memory changes in aging, cognitive function in collision youth sports, and dental anxiety interventions.

Meredith Minear, Ph.D.

University of Wyoming

Dr. Minear’s research explores the use of immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality applications in spatial research and education with a growing interest in incorporating electrophysiological techniques to measure brain activity when using these applications.  

Ryan E.B. Mruczek, Ph.D.

College of the Holy Cross

Dr. Mruczek studies visual perception and visual illusions, and in particular the ways in which neural circuits support fast and efficient processing of information about objects in the environment. His lab uses a combination of psychophysical, neuroimaging, electrophysiological, and computational methods.

Eleonora Rossi, Ph.D.

University of Florida

Dr. Rossi’s research focuses on language processing and bilingualism. Dr. Rossi utilizes electroencephalography (TFRs/ERPs) to understand the neuro-cognitive bases of bilingualism and the earliest stages of second language acquisition.

Aleksandra Sherman, Ph.D.

Occidental College

Dr. Sherman investigates how different senses interact to influence perceptual and cognitive states, as well as the role of social and emotional factors in mediating these states. She uses behavior, eye-tracking, and EEG. She is particularly interested in art perception.

Sara Verosky, Ph.D.

Oberlin College

Dr. Verosky’s research investigates face perception and social cognition, including trait perception from faces and how faces become familiar, using behavioral and electrophysiological methods.

Jonas Vibell, Ph.D.

University of Hawaii

Dr. Vibell’s work looks at the perception of spatial representations between different sensory modalities, in particular vision and touch. He is also interested in understanding and advancing neuronal recordings of brain signals.

Consultants

Cobblestone Consulting

Cobblestone Applied Research & Evaluation, Inc. specializes in designing and conducting program evaluation and applied research studies, largely drawing on social science methodology.

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Rebecca Eddy, Ph.D.

Founder & President

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Monique Matelski, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Evaluation

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Sasha Zuker, M.A.

Research Assistant

General Consultants

Luck and Kappenman lead an NIH-funded summer workshop on ERPs that attracts researchers from around the world each year (the ERP Boot Camp). Luck oversees the development of a leading software package for ERP data analysis (ERPLAB Toolbox).

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Steve J. Luck, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Mind & Brain and Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis

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Emily Kappenman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology at San Diego State University

Current Staff and Student Contributors

Undergraduates contribute to the creation of all PURSUE materials (courseware, multimedia tools) and original research.

Ajinkya Rane

Claremont McKenna College

Alejandra Lorenzo

Mount Holyoke College

Anqi Wei

Mount Holyoke College

Archa Dileep

Scripps College

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Astrid Petropoulos

Claremont McKenna College / Carleton College

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Cam Smith

University of Richmond

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Chandlyr Denaro

Reed Lab Coordinator

Claremont McKenna College

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Claire McLam

University of Richmond

Danyah Tarabulsi

Mount Holyoke College

Felix Lawton

Mount Holyoke College

Folly Folivi

Senior Research Associate

Mount Holyoke College

Grace Guan

Mount Holyoke College

Grace Wallsinger

Mount Holyoke College

Heather Shipley

Claremont McKenna College

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Jasmin Joshi

Claremont McKenna College

Julia Cruz

Claremont McKenna College

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Kendall Stewart

University of Richmond

Madeline Rose

Mount Holyoke College

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Nadia Bukach

Website & Project Coordinator

Claremont McKenna / University of Richmond

Nicole Joh

Mount Holyoke College

Nora He

Mount Holyoke College

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Olivia Stibolt

Lab Manager

University of Richmond

Phil Tran

Claremont McKenna College

Tomi Oyedeji-Olaniyan

Claremont McKenna College

Urvi Suwal

Mount Holyoke College

Vikram Chatterjee

Claremont McKenna College

Past Staff and Student Contributors

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Aalok Sathe

University of Richmond

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Abraham Saikley

Claremont McKenna College

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Aditi Chitre

Claremont McKenna College

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Aditi Garg

Claremont McKenna College

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Adrienne Jo

Claremont McKenna College

Alexis Lee

Claremont McKenna College

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Amy Lowe

Hampshire College

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Anthony Burre

Claremont McKenna College

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Anwen Tobalske

Claremont McKenna College

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Audrey Siqi Liu

Claremont McKenna College

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Brianna Charlton

University of Richmond

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Callie Cinque

University of Richmond

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Christopher Cotter

University of Richmond

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Eliz Akin

University of Richmond

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Elizabeth Roy

Mount Holyoke College

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Emilia Hagen

Claremont McKenna College

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Emily Diamond

Claremont McKenna College

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Emily Lavine

Claremont McKenna College

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Fiona Hinds

Mount Holyoke College

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Flavia Nwanko

Hampshire College

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Hannah McCarthy Potter

Claremont McKenna College

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Heather Welty

Hampshire College

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Jackson Zeladon

Claremont McKenna College

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Jake Cardwell

University of Richmond

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Jessica Kim

Claremont McKenna College

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Jiaan Shang

Mount Holyoke College

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Josh Ortiz

Claremont McKenna College

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Juniper Hollis

Hampshire College

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Kira Bartnick

University of Richmond

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Kirsten Lydic

Hampshire College

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Lauren Selkin

Mount Holyoke College

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Lexi Frost

University of Richmond

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Madison Lodge

Claremont McKenna College

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Matthew Strange

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Morgan Berlin

Claremont McKenna College

Natasha Matos

Mount Holyoke College

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Noa Sadeh

Mount Holyoke College

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Olivia Clarke

Mount Holyoke College

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Owen Neubeurger

Hampshire College

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Pascaline Munezero

University of Richmond

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Patrick Sutphin

University of Richmond

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Sally Borgatti

Hampshire College

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Shuyang Lin

Mount Holyoke College

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Sonali Sikder

Mount Holyoke College

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Sophia Rose

Claremont McKenna College

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Sukhneet Kaur

Mount Holyoke College

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Thalia Viranda

University of Richmond

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Ting Chen

University of Richmond

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Wenqi Zhang

Mount Holyoke College

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Yaritza Bushnell

Hampshire College

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Zachary Cole

Lab Manager

University of Richmond

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Zara Cannon-Mohammed

Hampshire College

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Zoe Pestana

Hampshire College