Olivia received her degree from Georgetown University in 2017 with a major in Psychology. Having focused her coursework on child development, she is interested in the effects of media exposure and also how children transfer learning. Olivia’s projects at the lab include work with the Comprehensive Assessment of Family Media Exposure (CAFÉ) Consortium and tasks with imitation and memory.
As the DCNL’s laboratory manager, Brad is primarily responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of the lab’s various neuroimaging studies. After earning his B.A. in philosophy (honors, summa cum laude) from the University of the South in 2005, he went on to earn his J.D. from Washington & Lee University in 2010. His interests in both neuroscience and psychology grew from his fascination with, as a student of philosophy, neurophilosphical theories of the material foundations of human cognition and perception, and as a student of law, legal applications of clinical and forensic psychological research and practice. These interests led ultimately to his post-B.A. study of psychology at the University of Kansas, where he began building his research experience in anticipation of pursuing future graduate studies. He has previous research experience with Dr. Linda Mayes’ developmental electrophysiology lab at Yale University, Dr. Sarah Pressman’s clinical health psychology lab at the University of Kansas (now at the University of California, Irvine), and Dr. Amanda Bruce’s decision neuroscience lab at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Nhi started her post-college journey at the Laboratory for Relational Cognition in the fall of 2016. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Earlham College in May 2016 with a major in Neuroscience and minor in Film Studies. She is interested in researching how to implement findings on the neural mechanisms of learning and creativity in designing school curriculums. Through her senior research at Earlham on the acute effect of practicing yoga on cognitive performance and stress response, she also developed an interest in how physical activity and mindfulness practice can serve as preventative treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.
Lydia received her degree with majors in Psychology and Spanish from Georgetown University in 2016. Her prior research experience includes working in the Laboratory on Social & Affective Neuroscience since 2014, as well as working as a research assistant in the Infant Cognition Lab at the University of Kentucky. She has also worked as a youth mentor and tutor through Georgetown’s DC Reads literacy program.