Team

Wells Drayton – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Wells is a senior at Tufts pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and Economics. Wells is interested in the effects of multitasking on cognition, and is also looking at the effects of cannabis on driving ability. Outside of the lab, Wells is a member of the Tufts sailing team.

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 Eduardo Fontes – Visiting Scholar

Dr. Fontes is a visiting scholar from Brazil. Using different neurological techniques, such as transcranial electrical stimulation, EEG, NIRS and MRI, he has been investigating the role of cognition when regulating physical exercise. His research has been applied to clinical populations, such as drug abusers, obese children, and older adults, as well as healthy individuals and athletes.

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Sruti Gudapati – High School Research Assistant

Sruti is a junior in the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey. She is interested in computer science and cognitive science. In her free time, she likes to bake, play tennis, and paint.

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Erika Hussey – Research Scientist

Dr. Hussey is a research psychologist on the Cognitive Science Team at US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) and is affiliated with Tufts University via the Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She is interested in how executive control abilities influence higher-level cognition, including language processing, decision making, and multitasking.

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Caleb Jeanniton – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Caleb is a junior at Tufts pursuing a B.S. in Human Factors Engineering. He is a lifelong automotive enthusiast with a particular interest in human perception during driving scenarios. Outside of the lab, Caleb enjoys car spotting, backpacking, and the cozy lifestyle.

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Tom McWilliams  – Graduate Student

Tom is a third year Ph.D. student in the Psychology and Cognitive Science program. He has a background in Cognitive Psychology, Human Factors, and driving research. He is interested in how people handle multiple streams of information and how our understanding of attention and multitasking can be applied to virtual environments and human-machine interactions.

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Alekya Menta – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alekya Menta is a senior at Tufts pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology and a minor in Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Outside of the lab, Alekya is a dancer with Tufts Pulse, a Laidlaw scholar, a tour guide and an FYA.

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Ari Navetta – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ari is a freshman pursuing a B.S. in Cognitive and Brain Sciences and a minor in history. He is especially interested in linguistics and the potential of brain stimulation. He is also a writer and editor for the Tufts Daily.

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Maya Ng-Yu – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Maya is a freshman at Tufts. She is particularly interested in attention and visual cognition among children and adolescents. Outside of the lab she loves to play tennis, read graphic novels, and create art.

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Emily Payne – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Emily is a junior at Tufts pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology.  She is particularly interested in the stress and exercise on condition as well as the effects of stimulation of different brain regions on task performance.  Outside of the lab, Emily is a member of the Tufts swim team.

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 Sidney Peach – Research Project Coordinator

Sidney graduated in 2017 from Edgewood College in Madison, WI with a B.S in Psychology. Most recently, she completed her M.S in exercise science from Auburn University (2019). She is interested in the effects of exercise on cognition. In her free time, she loves to play basketball and spend time outdoors.

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Kayla Sansevere – Graduate Student

Kayla is a first-year Ph.D. student and recently graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Arcadia University. As a research assistant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Kayla conducted a thesis that examined how cell phone alerts capture young drivers’ attention and impair driving performance. This inspired her current research interests in how executive control, distraction, and multitasking can affect attention, perception, and performance in applied contexts. In her free time, Kayla enjoys cuddling with her cat Samwell, bike riding, and listening to podcasts.

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 Sara Siquiera – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sara is a junior at Tufts pursuing a B.S. in Cognitive and Brain Sciences with an Economics minor. She is particularly interested in how people make both conscious and subconscious decisions as well as the production of false memories. Outside of the lab, Sara is a member of GlobeMed at Tufts and enjoys hiking.

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 Gabriel Ukegbu – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Gabriel is a senior at Tufts pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology. He is particularly interested in the relationship between cognition and pain. Outside of the lab, Gabriel is a member of the Tufts Blackout step team and a Big Sib in the Big Brother Association of Greater Boston.

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Nathan Ward – Principal Investigator

Dr. Ward’s research is focused on understanding and improving the ability to manage multiple streams of information (i.e., multitasking) both in the lab and in real-world settings. His work aims to unpack the cognitive mechanisms that support multitasking, such as task switching and dual tasking, as well as to understand whether these and other mechanisms are differentially engaged across the lifespan. To this end, Dr. Ward uses several approaches, ranging from simulated environments to speeded response times, in order to assess real-time multitasking performance in younger and older adults. Dr. Ward also relies on interventions like cognitive training, exercise, and low-current brain stimulation to modulate how people multitask under a variety of scenarios.

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Thomas Wooten – Graduate Student

Tom graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016 with a B.S. in psychology, where he studied the relationship between sleep and cognition. He then spent three years as a research assistant at the Boston VA Hospital using neuroimaging to study cognition, mobility and aging. He is interested in characterizing the relationship between aging, mobility, and cognition, as well as exploring the efficacy of novel interventions. In his free time, he likes to play tennis and basketball.

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Lab Alumni

Andrew Vittiglio– High School Research Assistant (June 2020-August 2020)
Megha Tandon– Undergraduate Research Assistant (January 2020-May 2020)
Jonathan Zamsky
– Undergraduate Research Assistant (September 2018-May 2020)
Amelia Coffey
– Undergraduate Research Assistant (September 2018-May 2020)
Ethan Sykes
– Undergraduate Research Assistant (January 2020- May 2020)
Ginny Ulichney– Undergraduate Research Assistant (May 2018-May 2020)
Karina Aserraf– Undergraduate Research Assistant (February 2019-December 2019)
Kell da Costa – Graduate Research Assistant (August 2018 – August 2019)
Nathan Ackerman
– High School Research Assistant (June 2019 – August 2019)
Olly Ogbue – High School Research Assistant (June 2019 – August 2019)
Angela Tang – High School Research Assistant (June 2019 – August 2019)
Victoria Kusztos – Research Coordinator (January 2017 – June 2019)
Eleanor Sultana
– Undergraduate Research Assistant (January 2019 – May 2019)
Beth Krikorian
– Undergraduate Research Assistant (January 2019 – May 2019)
Zaila Foster
– Undergraduate Research Assistant (September 2018 – May 2019)
Francesca Raileanu – Undergraduate Research Assistant (June 2017 – May 2019)
Jasper Park – Undergraduate Research Assistant (June 2017 – May 2019)
Shaina Martis – Lab Coordinator (June 2018 – May 2019)
Emily Touchet – Undergraduate Research Assistant (January 2018 – January 2019)
Sarah Poling – Undergraduate Research Assistant (June 2018 – December 2018)
Isabella Montoya – Undergraduate Research Assistant (October 2018 – December 2018)
John DiGiacomo – Undergraduate Research Assistant (June 2018 – August 2018)
Joe Pajka – Undergraduate Research Assistant (September 2017 – August 2018)
Morgan Taylor – Undergraduate Research Assistant (June 2016 – August 2018)
Geoffrey Genova – Lab Coordinator (June 2017 – May 2018)
Anisha Jain – Undergraduate Research Assistant (June 2017 – March 2018)
Scott Mongold – Undergraduate Research Assistant (September 2016 – January 2018)
Kira Hoffman  – Undergraduate Research Assistant (January 2017 – December 2017)
Nikita Rao – Undergraduate Research Assistant (September 2016 – April 2017)
Mariana Rodriguez – Undergraduate Research Assistant (September-December 2016)
Rakshana Selvarajan – Undergraduate Research Assistant (July-August 2016)

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