Kable Lab - People

Primary Investigator: Joe Kable, Ph.D.
Joe Kable is the Baird Term Assistant Professor of Psychology at Penn. Research in his lab is concerned with how people make choices, and the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying decision-making. This work combines approaches from experimental economics, the psychology of judgment and decision-making, and social and cognitive neuroscience.
For a copy of Dr. Kable’s CV, click here.
To visit Dr. Kable’s Faculty webpage, click here.
Post-doctoral Fellow: Joe McGuire, Ph.D.(CV, website)
Joe's research focuses on how decision makers evaluate the costs of effort and delay. His graduate work, in Matthew Botvinick's lab at Princeton, examined neural mechanisms associated with uncertainty and executive control demands.
Post-doctoral Fellow: Karin Cox, Ph.D. (CV)
Karin’s research focuses on how value information is learned, encoded, and applied in the service of decision-making. Her graduate work, conducted in the Fiez lab at the University of Pittsburgh, was concerned with the hemodynamic correlates of values that have been inferred via generalizable deduction rules.
Graduate Student: Betty Kim (website)
Betty Kim is from Los Angeles, CA and received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UCLA and master’s degree at the UPenn School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2). While at SP2, she investigated the decision-making processes and risk assessments used in the child welfare system. Betty is currently a graduate student in the Psychology Graduate Group at UPenn. Her research is concerned with how people make decisions and what factors affect decision-making, using behavioral and fMRI experiments.
Betty
Graduate Student: Dahlia Mukherjee
Dahlia Mukherjee is from Kolkata, India. She received her bachelor's and master's degree in Psychology from Calcutta University. She received another master's from Glasgow University. Dahlia is currently a Clinical Psychology doctoral student at UPenn. Her research concerns decision-making in cross-cultural and clinical populations. Her current project examines the association between decision-making and depression. Aside from research, Dahlia loves wine, food and horse-riding (all she needs to do is learn how).
Graduate Student: Marieta Pehlivanova
Marieta received her bachelor's degree in Statistics from American University in Washington, D.C. Prior to Penn, she was a biostatistician supporting research on a variety of medical conditions and treatments. This work, combined with her undergraduate research experience, gave her an appreciation for the philosophical and practical appeal of Bayesian inference. Marieta is interested in developing Bayesian models that elucidate the basic principles of how people learn from a changing environment and use that knowledge to make optimal decisions.
Marieta Pehlivanova
Graduate Student: Trishala Parthasarathi
Trishala Parthasarathi is from Central New Jersey, and received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Cell Biology & Neuroscience from Rutgers University. She completed her undergraduate thesis using electrophysiology to study approach behavior of rats in a reward-seeking paradigm. Trishala is a graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Group at UPenn, and is interested in looking at the behavioral and neural mechanisms of future thinking and its relationship with discount rates. Besides research, Trishala enjoys Indian classical dancing, doing her nails, and eating good food.
Trishala
Graduate Student: Linda Yu
Linda Yu is from balmy Victoria, BC, Canada and completed her bachelor's degree at McGill University. She is currently a doctoral Psychology student at UPenn. Her research involves contextual effects on economic decision making. She enjoys reading old books and trying new foods.
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Research Specialist: Rebecca Kazinka
Rebecca Kazinka is from Iowa City, IA. She attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania and received her B.Sc. in Psychology with a concentration in Neural and Behavioral Sciences. Her senior thesis project studied the effects of neonatal pain and environmental enrichment on adult pain sensitivity in mice. Currently, she is studying the neural mechanisms of empathy for pain and its effects on helping behavior with relatives. Outside of research, her interests include music and exploring Philadelphia.
Becca
Research Specialist: Arthur Lee
Arthur (aka Sangil Lee) joined the DIADM project - Differences In Adaptive Decision Making, and is involved in developing tasks. Arthur received his Bachelor's degree at Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Psychology. His honors thesis investigated the effects of symbolic information of the degree of temporal discounting and the magnitude effect.
Arthur Lee
Research Specialist: Mairead McConnell
Mairead is from Pennsauken, New Jersey and received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Fairfield University. As an undergraduate, her research involved using EEG to study the impacts of language and culture on cognition. Her senior thesis project measured and compared tolerance for ambiguity in monolingual and bilingual individuals. Mairead is currently using fMRI to study the effects of cognitive training programs on the neural processes of decision making as they pertain to maladaptive behaviors. Outside the lab, Mairead's interests include yoga, swimming, and traveling.
Mairead
Post-Baccalaureate: Jeff Luery
Jeff is from Aberdeen,  New Jersey and received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Rowan University. His research interests currently lie in understanding the neural correlates of decision making and their implications on business, applying topics in areas such as consumer behavior and neuromarketing. In his free time, Jeff enjoys skateboarding, running, and TED talks.
Jeff
Undergraduate Independent Study Student: Yael Burla

Undergraduate Independent Study Student: Lina Hashem
Undergraduate Independent Study Student: Maggie Merrill

Undergraduate Independent Study Student: Thomas Peterson

Undergraduate Independent Study Student: Darby Breslow

Undergraduate Independent Study Student: Rochelle Shen
Lab Alumni
Post-doctoral Fellows:
Matthew Nassar, Ph.D.
Matt was a post-doc from December 2012-October 2013. He is currently continuing his post-doctoral research at Brown University with Dr. Michael Frank.
Graduate Students:
Nicole Cooper, Ph.D.
Nicole graduated from the Kable lab in December 2013. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Emily Falk in the Communication Neuroscience lab at the University of Pennsylvania.
Research Specialists:
Gabe Donnay
Gabe was a Research Specialist in the lab from September 2012 to April 2013. He is currently working as a junior analytics developer with Scopely in Los Angeles.
Stav Atir
Stav was a Research Specialist in the lab from July 2010 to July 2012. She is currently a psychology PhD student at Cornell University, studying judgment and decision making and social psychology.
Dan Willard
Dan was a Research Specialist in the lab from May 2011 to May 2012. He is currently a psychology PhD student at UT Austin, studying social neuroscience.
Annika Hillebrandt
Annika was a Research Specialist in the lab from May 2010 to May 2011. She is currently a graduate student in the Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management program at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Jessica Stump
Jessica Stump was a Research Specialist at the lab from 2008 to 2010. She is now enrolled in a doctorate program in Clinical Psychology at Temple University.
Undergraduates:
Athena Lem
Athena completed her Independent Study with the Kable Lab in Fall 2013.
Kathleen Hoe
Kathleen completed her Independent Study with the Kable Lab in Fall 2013.She is majoring in Psychology.
Alli Oakes
Alli completed majored in Psychology with a minor in Biological Basis of Behavior. Her senior thesis project examined the effect of emotion on decision-making and monetary choices. Alli is currently working in the Postbac IRTA program at the NIH.
Jose Robles
Jose completed Independent Study with the Kable Lab in Fall 2012. Jose was a UPenn undergrad majoring in Psychology.
Khoi Vo
Khoi worked as a work-study and the lab and later completed his Undergraduate Independent Study project in 2011-2012. He is currently working as a Research Assistant at Temple University's business school.
Justin Reggi
Justin completed his Biological Basis of Behavior Undergraduate Honors Thesis in the Kable Lab in 2011-2012. He is working as a consultant at Blueprint Research in New York.
Shikha Saxena
Shikha completed Independent Study in the Kable Lab in Spring 2011. Shikha was a UPenn undergraduate pursuing a dual degree in the College of Arts & Sciences and Wharton, majoring in Biological Basis of Behavior. She is now a medical student at UPenn.
Daniel Santos
Daniel completed his Undergraduate Independent Study at the Kable Lab in Fall 2011. He continued on to work as a research assistant at the Memory Disorders Program in Georgetown Medical Center's Neurology Department.
Maggie Covel
Maggie completed her Psychology Undergraduate Honors Thesis at the Kable Lab in Spring 2011. She is currently attending Widener University's doctoral program in clinical psychology, with aspirations to pursue private practice.
Qintan (QT) Lin
QT completed her Psychology Undergraduate Honors Thesis at the Kable Lab in Spring 2011. She went on to a graduate student in the Masters in Counseling and Mental Health Services at Penn's Graduate School of Education.
Teresa Wang
Teresa completed her Undergraduate Independent Study at the Kable Lab in Fall 2010. She was a Penn undergraduate in the Vagelos Life Sciences and Management Dual Degree Program.
Lauren Brandes
Lauren completed her Undergraduate Independent Study at the Kable Lab in Spring 2009. She went on to work as a research assistant with Geoff Aguirre at Penn.
Sunny Saxena
Sunny completed his Undergraduate Independent Study at the Kable Lab in Fall 2009. He is working at ZS Associates, a health care consulting firm.
Cindy Kim
Cindy completed her Undergraduate Independent Study at the Kable Lab in Fall 2009-Spring 2010. She went on to work as a research assistant with Elke Weber and Eric Johnson at Columbia University.