What I do
I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver, conducting research, teaching, student mentoring, and university service with a focus on human cognitive and affective neuroscience.
cognitive control and episodic memory, cognitive neuroscience, motivational and affective influences on cognition, neuromodulatory influences on cognition, role of individual differences
- Ph.D., Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013
- MA, Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2009
- BS, Neuroscience, University of Toronto, 2005
- Cognitive Neuroscience Society
- Psychonomic Society
- Society for Neuroscience
- Association for Psychological Science
- American Educational Research Association
With a specific focus on cognitive control -- flexible maintenance, updating, and inhibition functions enabling controlled performance -- and episodic memory -- detail-rich, long-term memory representations of specific events, we investigate the impact of motivational contexts on cognitive processes supporting adaptive human behavior.
The MAC Lab uses a combination of behavioral paradigms, psychophysiology (including facial EMG and pupillometry), functional neuroimaging (fMRI), and video analysis of behavior in naturalistic environments to investigate these effects.
- Beyond Reward: Approach & Avoidance Motivation Generate Functional Contexts for Cognitive Control & Adaptive Memory