People

Director

Doctoral Students

Margaret O’ Connell

Margaret O’ Connell | Doctoral Student
Phone: 972-883-3767
Email: [email protected]

Margaret received her BS in Psychology from St. Lawrence University and her MS in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience at UT Dallas. Her research interests include the cognitive and neural markers of aging, working memory and video game trainings to possibly offset the aging process, and plasticity of functional network and cognitive functioning due to these trainings. In her spare time, Margaret can be found at a broad range of concerts, enjoying local breweries, or sleeping

Eva Qin

Eva Qin | Doctoral Student
Phone: 972-883-3767
Email: [email protected]

Eva received her BS in Life Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2012. She is currently a PhD student in the Cognition & Neuroscience program at UT Dallas. Her research interests are to understand the cognitive decline in older adults over the age of 60 and the underlying neural mechanism of age-related cognitive decline. Her recent publications include age-related difference in visual short-term memory and executive functions, and the corresponding differences in brain structure and activation between younger and older adults. Outside the lab, she likes to experiment with cooking. She is always looking for participants to try out new recipes.

Nick Ray

Nick Ray | Doctoral Student
Phone: 972-883-3764
Email: [email protected]

Nick graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011 with a BA in Psychology and a BA in Crime, Law, and Justice. He worked for the Center for Language Science for two years before joining the Cognition and Neuroscience doctoral program at UTD. His research interests include cognitive aging and working memory, and he is currently exploring the relationship between white matter integrity and video game learning/video game training. When he’s not too busy studying video games in the lab, he’s usually playing them at home. His favorite television show is Adventure Time. He also enjoys science fiction literature, edgy films, and a good game of disc golf.

Evan Smith

Evan Smith | Doctoral Student
Phone: 972-883-3774
Email: [email protected]

Evan graduated from Purchase College in 2010 with a BA in Psychology, and receives his MS in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from UT Dallas in 2015. He currently serves as Dr. Basak’s lab manager in addition to his roles as a research assistant and student. Evan’s research interest include the cognitive and neurological effects of skill learning and the development of expertise, as well as how these processes interact with age. Evan spends much of his free time playing and creating video games and table-top role-playing games, and in this latter capacity has contributed to TTRPG products published by End Transmission Games.

Masters Students

Alex Hinerman

Alex Hinerman | Masters Student

Alex is a masters student in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience at UT Dallas. He is currently interested in video gaming habits and how they interact with task switching and working memory.

Undergraduate Students

Wali Azeem

Wali Azeem | Undergraduate Student

Wali is an undergraduate student in Psychology at UT Dallas. His current research interests include how individual differences in working memory updating is related to other cognitive control processes.

Sean Kothapally

Sean Kothapally | Undergraduate Student

Sean is an undergraduate student in Psychology (Pre-Health) at UT Dallas. He is particularly interested in visual short-term memory and how it varies with expertise (e.g., chess expertise) and type of stimuli.

Lab Alumni

Kaoru Nashiro | Postdoctoral Research Associate at LiNC | Current position: Research Scientist at University of Southern California

M. Irene Cunha | Masters Student (ACN) and Research Assistant at LiNC | Current position: Physician at Hospital Central do Ex’ercito, Brazil

Nithya Ramakrishnan | Masters Student (ACN) at LiNC | Current position: Research Engineer at Department of Psychiatry, UT Health Sciences, Houston

Xi Chen | Masters Student (ACN) at LiNC | Current position: Doctoral student at UT Dallas

Erum Whyne | Masters Student (PS) at LiNC | Current position: Research Coordinator at VA North Texas Healthcare System, Dallas

Yuguang (Irene) Zhao | Masters Student (ACN) and Research Assistant at LiNC | Current position: Doctoral student at UT Dallas

Melissa Druskis | Masters Student (ACN) at LiNC | Current position: Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Therapy and Beyond, North Texas.

Haripriya Srinivasaraghavan | Masters Student (ACN) at LiNC | Current position: Software Engineer in Industry

Aparna Gudimetla | Undergraduate (UT Dallas) at LiNC | Current Position: Medical School Student at Emory University

W. Christian Martin | Undergraduate (UT Dallas) at LiNC | Current position: Research Assistant at Texas A&M University

Yoonchung (Laura) Choi | High School (Groton School, MA) Intern at LiNC | Current position: Undergraduate student at Georgetown University