I joined the Attention and Working Memory Lab in the summer of 2014. I am a graduate student in the Cognition and Brain Sciences Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech. I came here primarily to work with Randy Engle.
My current research interests include the relationship between mind wandering and working memory capacity, finding physiological and behavioral measures of mind wandering, the role of working memory capacity in general discrimination tasks and using pupilometry as an index of attentional and cognitive states. I am also interested in research on mindfulness, meditation, sleep, dreaming and consciousness.
I am originally from Seattle, WA. All of my family lives there and it is where I grew up. I will always consider Washington State as my home. I earned my B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience at Western Washington University. This is where I found my interests in cognitive psychology. As I wasn’t confident that I wanted to pursue an academic career in cognitive psychology, I took a year off from school.
From there I went on to do a 2 year M.A. program in General Experimental Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). I did this with the hope that I would get accepted to a highly respected Ph.D. program and research lab in cognitive psychology. At CSUSB I worked with Dr. Hideya Koshino doing research on selective attention and working memory. As it turned out, my academic hopes came true and I was accepted into Randy Engle’s lab as a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech!