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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Jan R. Wessel, Ph.D. Jan R. Wessel, Ph.D. 
Lab Director 

Jan is an Associate Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Neurology, and directs the Cognitive Neurology lab. He performed his graduate work at the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research in Cologne, Germany and worked as a postdoc at the University of California, San Diego.

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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Yao GuanYao Guan, Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Scholar 

Yao received her B.S. in Applied Psychology from Southwest University in Chongqing (China), and then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Psychology & Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Florida.

 

 

DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Darcy WallerDarcy Waller, B.A., B.Sc. 
Graduate Student (Psychological & Brain Sciences)

Darcy is a graduate student in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department. She received her B.A. and B.Sc. from the University of Tulsa and was a Research Assistant at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. Darcy is funded through the Behavioral & Biomedical Interface program.

Papers (co-)authored by Darcy:
Dykstra T, Waller DA, Hazeltine E, Wessel JR (2020). Leveling the field for a fairer race between going and stopping: Neural evidence for the race model of motor inhibition from a new version of the stop-signal task. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Waller DA, Hazeltine E, Wessel JR (2019). Common and independent neural processes during action-stopping and infrequent stimulus detection: the P3a as an index of generic motor inhibition. International Journal of Psychophysiology

Wessel JR, Waller DA, Greenlee JDW (2019). Non-selective suppression of inappropriate motor-tendencies during response-conflict by a fronto-subthalamic mechanism for inhibitory control. eLife

Dutra IC, Waller DA, Wessel JR (2018). Perceptual surprise improves action stopping by non-selectively suppressing motor activity via a neural mechanism for motor inhibition. The Journal of Neuroscience 38 (6) 1482-1492

 

Cheol SohCheol Soh, B.A., M.Eng. 
Graduate Student (Psychological & Brain Sciences)

Cheol is a graduate student in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department. He received a BA in Psychology and Master's degree in Brain and Cognitive Engineering from Korea University in Seoul.

 

 

Benjamin O. Rangel, B.Sc.Benjamin O. Rangel, B.Sc. 
Graduate Student (Neuroscience)

Ben started as a Neuroscience rotating graduate student in the lab (Spring 2018). He then joined the lab full-time as a graduate student in 2018. He received his B.Sc. in Biology from Southern Oregon University, where has was a McNair Scholar.

 

Yoojeong Choo, M.A.Yoojeong Choo, M.A. 
Graduate Student (Psychology)

Yoojeong is a graduate student in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department. She received an M.A. in Cognitive Psychology from Yonsei University in Seoul.

 

 

Tobin DykstraTobin Dykstra, B.Sc. 
Graduate Student Affiliate (Psychological & Brain Sciences)

Tobin is a graduate student in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department. His primary advisor is Eliot Hazeltine. Tobin received his B.Sc. from Michigan State University.

 

Papers (co-)authored by Tobin:
Dykstra T, Waller DA, Hazeltine E, Wessel JR (2020). Leveling the field for a fairer race between going and stopping: Neural evidence for the race model of motor inhibition from a new version of the stop-signal task. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

 

LABORATORY STAFF

Nathan ChalkleyNathan R. Chalkley, B.Sc. 
Lab Manager 

Nathan is our lab manager. He graduated with distinction from The University of Iowa with a B.Sc. in Psychology.

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Carly IaculloCarly Iacullo 
Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Carly is a Psychology major and joined the lab in 2018. Carly was awarded an ICRU fellowship in the Summer of 2019.

 

 

Aarushi DerveshAarushi Dervesh 
Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Aarushi is a Neuroscience major and joined the lab in 2019.

 

 

 

Anna KalanAnna Kalan 
Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Anna is a Psychology major and joined the lab in 2019.

 

 

 

Charles GruganCharles Grugan 
Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Charles is a Psychology major and joined the lab in 2019 following the First-generation Brain Research Workshop.

 

 

 

LAB ALUMNI

Daniel Thayer, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Daniel worked in the lab for three semesters until graduation and then joined Tommy Sprague's lab at UC Santa Barbara as a graduate student.

 

Megan HyndUndergraduate Research Assistant
Megan joined the lab in 2018. In 2019, she won both the INI Summer Scholar award and an ICRU fellowship. After completing her honor's thesis in the lab and graduating in 2020, she joined the NIH as a post-bac fellow.

 

Alec MatherUndergraduate Research Assistant , Scientific Programmer
Alec joined the lab in 2017 and won an ICRU summer fellowship in 2018. He worked as a scientific programmer in the lab until he graduated in 2019, completing his honor's thesis with Dr. Wessel. He then joined Warner Music as a software developer.

 

Julian Andrew Scheffer, Rotating Graduate Student
Julian rotated in the lab as part of the BBIP program and has was last seen as a graduate student with, Daryl Cameron, at Penn State.

 

Kylie A. Dolan, Study Coordinator 
Kylie joined the lab as an undergraduate in 2015 and was awarded an ICRU fellowship in the Summer of 2016. Upon graduation in 2018, she worked as a study coordinator until 2019.

 

Isabella DutraUndergraduate Research Assistant 
Isabella joined the lab in 2016. She was awarded an ICRU fellowship in the Summer of 2017, published a paper in 2018 and graduated in 2019.

 

Jenna M. Kelly, Rotating Graduate Student
Jenna rotated in the lab as part of the Neuroscience program was last seen as a graduate student in Eliot Hazeltine's lab at Iowa.

 

Cailey Parker, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Cailey joined the lab in 2016 and was last seen a nursing student in Tennessee after graduation.

 

Hailey Billings, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Hailey joined the lab in 2016 and was last seen as a Clinical Psychology graduate student at Adler University after graduation.

 

Carly Ryder, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Carly joined the lab in 2016 and was last seen as a Speech and Language Pathology graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa after graduation.

 

Brynne Dochterman, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Brynne joined the lab in 2017 and worked with us until 2019. Last seen pursuing clinical psychology.

 

Sarah Eliason, Undergraduate Research Assistant 
Sarah was a HHP major and worked in the lab from 2019-2020 following the First-generation Brain Research Workshop.