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Birthday party -- April 2014!

Birthday party — April 2014!

Members of the Woldorff Lab -- Spring 2010

Members of the Woldorff Lab — Spring 2010

Principal Investigator:

Marty

Marty Woldorff, Ph.D.
Professor (Psychiatry; Psychology & Neuroscience; Neurobiology)

Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Duke University, Box 90999, Durham, NC 27708-0999
Office: 919-681-0604
Email: woldorff@duke.edu

More info on Dr. Woldorff
My main research interest is in the cognitive neuroscience of attention. At each and every moment of our lives, we are bombarded by a welter of sensory information coming at us from a myriad of directions and through our various sensory modalities — much more than we can fully process. We must continuously select and extract the most important information from this welter of stimulus inputs. How the human brain accomplishes this is one of the core challenges of modern cognitive neuroscience. My lab uses a combination of electrophysiological (ERP, MEG) and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) methods to study the time course, functional neuroanatomy, and mechanisms of attentional processes. This multimethodological approach is directed along several main lines of research: (1) The mechanisms of attentional and cognitive control; (2) The influence of attention on sensory, perceptual, and memory processes; (3) The role of attention across sensory modalities; (4) The influence of training and expertise on attentional speed and capacity; and (5) The relationships between attention, perceptual processing, and conscious awareness. For more information, see my Duke Institute for Brain Science profile.

Graduate Students:

Matthew Bachman
Matthew Bachman
Duke University
Email: Matthew.Bachman@duke.edu
More info on Matthew
Matthew is a graduate student through Duke’s Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. He studies how reward-processes interact with and use attentional processes to produce goal-directed behavior. One of his major research goals is to understand how these interactions occur across both vision and audition. Although Matthew is interested in all forms of neuroimaging, currently he is primarily working with electroencephalography (EEG) to study both event-related potentials (ERP) and neural oscillations. Matthew is also co-mentored by Dr. Scott Huettel.

Before coming to Duke, Matthew completed his Psychology degree at Florida State University and managed the Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Maryland, College Park. In his free time Matthew likes to camp, rock climb, fish, play video games, and taste wine.

Berry

Berry van den Berg
University of Groningen
Duke University

Email: berryv.dberg@gmail.com

More info on Berry
We navigate through life in complex, dynamic environments, in which the relevance of information around us changes continuously. To efficiently deal with these changes, we use attentional-control processes to select that stimulus information which is most important to us at each moment, resulting in improved task performance on those inputs. I use EEG, fMRI with healthy adults to study these processes. In the longer term, I will look how these selection processes change in the healthy aging person. See more at berryvdberg.org.

Ben

Benjamin Geib
Duke University

Email: benjamin.geib@duke.edu

More info on Ben
More info coming soon.

Charlie

Charlie Giattino
Duke University

Email: charles.giattino@duke.edu

More info on Charlie
I’m interested in the neural basis of consciousness, an admittedly ambiguous term that has two main definitions in a neuroscience context. One definition refers to the continuum between deep sleep and vigilant wakefulness – not a trivial difference as far as our subjective experience is concerned. The other refers to our perceptual awareness of the world around us – sights, sounds, etc. While interested in both aspects, my current focus is on the latter, with a special emphasis on attention as a selection mechanism for what we become aware of.

Eva Gjorgieva
Eva Gjorgieva
Duke University
Email: eva.gjorieva@duke.edu
More info on Eva
More info to come

Khoi Vo
Khoi Vo
Duke University
Email: khoi.vo@duke.edu
More info on Khoi
Khoi is a PhD student in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience program in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. He is interested in utilizing interdisciplinary approaches to study the processes and mechanisms underlying human decision making. Specifically, Khoi is interested in understanding the interplay of reward and attention and their influence on choices and behavior. Khoi is proficient with various research methodologies, including self-reports, eye tracking, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), eye tracking, biometrics (skin conductance, heart rate variability), and electroencephalography (EEG).

Prior to joining the Woldorff Lab, Khoi was a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Neural Decision Making at Fox School of Business and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, Khoi likes to explore the local food scene for delicious and cheap eats. Connect with Khoi through his LinkedIn and track his research through his Google Scholar profile.

Peter Whitehead
Peter Whitehead
Duke University
Email: peter.whitehead@duke.edu
More info on Peter
Peter received a B.Mus in Orchestral Performance – Bassoon and a B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University in 2016. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Egner lab and Woldorff lab.

Peter is interested in how working memory influences attention and actions, and how control processes can modulate these influences. He plans to investigate these topics using various methodologies (behavior, EEG, and modeling).

Lab Manager:

Ken

Ken Roberts
Duke University

Email: ken.roberts@duke.edu

More info on Ken
I am very interested in applying emerging methodological techniques to investigate the neural basis of cognitive processes. My work in the lab has involved the integration of fMRI and electophysiological data to leverage the complementary strengths of each and has involved as well the development of novel imaging technologies in collaboration with Duke’s Brain Imaging and Analysis Center.

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Sophia Li, Huang Fellow; Madison Hunter, SNP Fellow; Masha Feingold, Independent Study; Julia Beck, SNP Fellow, and Tala Fakhoury, Pratt Fellow.

Lab Alumni:

Congratulations to our 2018 Graduates with Distinction!  Patrick Cardel, ’18; Mathilde Ooi, ’18; Dr. Marty Woldorff; Saikiran Gudla, ’18; and Sade Abiodun, ’18.

Zaynah Alam

Daniela De Albuquerque

Mudit Dutta

Jacob Gardner

Brittany Glassberg

Frank Lee

Sharon Peng

April Ratliff

Eshita Singh

Christian Song

Laura Busse, Ph.D.
Faculty, University of Tuebingen

Daniel Weissman, Ph.D.
Faculty, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Daniel Senkowski, Ph.D.
Faculty, University Medicine Berlin

Heleen Slagter, Ph.D.
Faculty, University of Amsterdam

Psyche Loui, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University

Durk Talsma, Ph.D.
Faculty, University of Ghent

Wayne Khoe, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, University of California, San Diego

Tracy Doty, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Aberdeen Proving Ground

C.-T. Vince Wu, Ph.D.
Faculty, National University of Taiwan

Karen Meyerhoff, MD, MPH
Resident Physician, University of Washington

Lindsay Warner, D.V.M.
Veterinarian, Apex, NC

Melissa Libertus, Ph.D.
Faculty, University of Pittsburgh

C. Nico Boehler, Ph.D.
Faculty, University of Ghent

Tineke Grent-‘t-Jong, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Sirawaj Itthipanyanan
Graduate Student, University of California, San Diego

Ruth Krebs, Ph.D.
Faculty, University of Ghent

Ulrike Zimmer, Ph.D.
Faculty, University of Graz

Jessica Green, Ph.D.
Faculty, University of South Carolina

Sarah E. Donohue, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral researcher, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg / Leibinz Institutute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg, Germany

Joseph A. Harris, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral researcher, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg / Leibinz Institutute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg, Germany

Kait Clark, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral research associate, Cardiff University in Wales

Francesco Marini, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral associate, University of California, San Diego

René San Martín, Ph.D.
Faculty, Universidad Diego Portales in Chile