| Primary Investigator: Joe Kable,
Joe Kable is the Baird Term Associate 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: Chris
Chris earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience and cognitive science at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is currently investigating how people learn and make decisions in environments subject to sudden and unpredictable changes. He is developing a comination of computational models and imaging experiments to probe these processes in the brain. Chris is generally interested in how people approximate Bayesian inference that is normative given their own experiences and assumptions about the world.
Fellow: Wi Hoon Jung, Ph.D.
Wi Hoon Jung is from South Korea. He received his Ph.D. in an Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience from Seoul National University. His thesis investigated aberrant reward processing in psychiatric populations using fMRI. He is interested in looking at the relationship between decision making and brain function and structure using functional and structural connectivity approaches.
|Graduate Student: Chang-Hao Kao
Chang-Hao Kao is from Taiwan, and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology at National Chengchi University. His previous studies focused on risky decision making, learning processes and Bayesian inference. Currently, he is interested in how people update information and make decisions in changing environments through computational modelling and functional imaging. He enjoys playing badminton, cooking and playing board games.
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.
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.
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.
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. Linda is investigating the neural networks involved in economic decision-making, with a combination of functional neuroimaging and behavioral studies of patients with focal brain damage. She enjoys reading old books and trying new foods.
| Data Analyst: 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. She currently works on projects utilizing a variety of methods such as eye-tracking, functional neuroimaging, and patient work to investigate contextual effects on decision making. Outside of research, her interests include music, knitting, and exploring Philadelphia.
|Research Specialist: Katie
Katie Caulfield is practically a lifelong Philadelphian, if you don't count her four years away in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she earned her BA in Classical Languages at the College of the Holy Cross. After a stint teaching abroad and three years of teaching English as a Second Language in Center City she migrated towards the discipline of Psychology and began pursuing coursework and research, primarily related to cognition. She currently works on a large-scale fMRI study of cognitive training and its effects on decision making. She loves cooking, weight-lifting, fact-checking pop psychology, and playing with her baby niece.
Undergraduate Independent Study Students:
John Paul Hagan
Yuhao (David) Xu
Joe McGuire, Ph.D. (2010-2015)
He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Psychological & Brain Sciences department at Boston University.
Karin Cox, Ph.D. (2011-2014)
She is currently a Research Scientist in the Psychiatry department at the University of Pittsburgh.
Matthew Nassar, Ph.D. (2012-2013)
He is currently continuing his post-doctoral research at Brown University with Dr. Michael Frank.
Betty Kim Viechnicki, Ph.D., M.S.W. (2010-2015)
Betty is currently a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in Philadelphia.
Dahlia Mukherjee, Ph.D. (2012-2014)
She went on to complete a clinical internship at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, NY.
Nicole Cooper, Ph.D. (2008-2013)
She is currently a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Emily Falk in the Communication Neuroscience lab at the University of Pennsylvania.
Annika Hillebrandt (2010-2011): Currently a graduate student in the Organization Behavior/Human Resource Management program at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Dan Willard (2011-2012): Currently a psychology PhD student at UT-Austin.
Gabe Donnay (2012-2013): Currently a junior analytics developer with Scopely in Los Angeles.
Jessica Stump (2008-2010): Currently a clinical psychology PhD student at Temple University.
Mairead McConnell (2013-2015): Currently a clinical psychology PhD student at University of Arizona.
Stav Atir (2010-2012): Currently a psychology PhD student at Cornell University.
and Other Students:
Alli Oakes (2010-2013): Went on to be an IRTA Post-Bac at NIH
Athena Lem (Fall 2013)
Cindy Kim (2009-2010)
Daniel Santos (Fall 2011): Went on to be a Research Specialist at Georgetown University
Darby Breslow (2014)
Darryl Seligman (Summer 2011)
Elizabeth Thompson (Summer 2011)
Jeff Luery (Spring 2014): Post-Baccalaureate
Jose Robles (Fall 2012)
Justin Reggi (2011-2012): Went on to be a consultant at Blueprint Research in New York
Kathleen Hoe (Fall 2013)
Kelsey Williams (Fall 2014): Current Penn student
Khoi Vo (2009-2012): Went on to be a Research Specialist at Temple University
Lauren Brandes (Spring 2009)
Lina Hashem (2013-2014)
Maggie Covel (2010-2011)
Maggie Merrill (2013-2014)
Nitya Kanuri (Spring 2012)
Oscar Bartra Carreras (2011-2012)
Peter McNally (Summer 2012): Went on to be a Research Specialist at Penn
Qintan (QT) Lin (Spring 2011): Went on to get a Masters in Counseling at Penn
Rochelle Shen (Spring 2014): Current Penn student
Shikha Saxena (Spring 2011): Went on to be a medical student at Penn
Sophie Gindea (Summer 2011)
Sunny Saxena (Fall 2009): Went on to be a consultant at ZS Associates
Teresa Wang (Fall 2010)
Thomas Peterson (Spring 2014): Current Penn student
Yael Burla (2012-2014)
Zeynep Enkavi (2011-2012): Went on to be a PhD student at Stanford University