About PURSUE

PURSUE is a collaborative initiative to facilitate the training of undergraduates in cognitive electrophysiology. 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 a Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at Hampshire College and Visiting Professor at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. Dr. Couperus’ research seeks to understand the brain over the course of development. She investigates the development and functioning of visual selective attention using behavior and elecrophyiological 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.

Faculty Learning Community:
Participating Faculty

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.

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.

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

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.

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Aditi Chitre

Claremont McKenna College

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Aditi Garg

Claremont McKenna College

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Alejandra Lorenzo

Mount Holyoke College

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Anwen Tobalske

Claremont McKenna 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

Claremont McKenna College

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Claire McLam

University of Richmond

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Elizabeth Roy

Mount Holyoke College

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Fiona Hinds

Mount Holyoke College

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Grace Wallsinger

Mount Holyoke College

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Jasmin Joshi

Claremont McKenna College

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Jiaan Shang

Mount Holyoke College

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Kendall Stewart

University of Richmond

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Lauren Selkin

Mount Holyoke College

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Nadia Bukach

Website & Project Coordinator

Claremont McKenna / University of Richmond

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Nicole Joh

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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Olivia Stibolt

Lab Manager

University of Richmond

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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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Urvi Suval

Mount Holyoke College

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Wenqi Zhang

Mount Holyoke 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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Adrienne Jo

Claremont McKenna College

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Amy Lowe

Hampshire College

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Anthony Burre

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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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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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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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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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

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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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Thalia Viranda

University of Richmond

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Ting Chen

University of Richmond

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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