Team

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, he uses several approaches, ranging from simulated environments to speeded response times, in order to assess real-time multitasking performance in younger and older adults. He also relies on interventions like cognitive training, exercise, and low-current brain stimulation to modulate how people multitask under a variety of scenarios. Dr. Ward can be reached at: nathan.ward@tufts.edu

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Erika Hussey – Research Scientist

Dr. Hussey is a program manager at the Defense Innovation Unit, where she implements projects focused on cognitive performance optimization across the Armed Services. Prior to this, she was a cognitive scientist at the US Army’s CCDC Soldier Center and the Tufts Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She is interested in translational science that applies neurocognitive principles to improve how active duty military members perform and train.

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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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Tom McWilliams  – Graduate Student

Tom is a fifth 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. He can be reached at: thomas.mcwilliams@tufts.edu

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Thomas Wooten – Graduate Student

Tom is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Psychology Department. He has previous experience in visual cognition, sleep research, clinical neuroimaging, and clinical neuropsychology. His primary research interests include exploring how risk factors interact to influence cognitive functioning, as well as better understanding the relationship between physiological functioning and sustained attention. In his free time, he likes to go for runs with his dog Phoebe and play basketball with friends. He can be reached at: thomas.wooten@tufts.edu

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Kayla Sansevere – Graduate Student

Kayla is a second-year Ph.D. researcher in the Psychology program. Her primary research interests are centered around investigating the ways that task performance is influenced by complex situations that promote multitasking, especially as it involves technology and occurs in applied contexts like driving. Kayla primarily uses a cognitive psychological framework to explore these interests, though she also draws from her research experiences in human factors, public health, and social and personality psychology. In her free time, Kayla enjoys cuddling with her cat Samwell, bike riding, and playing board games. She can be reached at: kayla.sansevere@tufts.edu

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Caleb Jeanniton – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Caleb is a senior 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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Aditi Mehndiratta – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Aditi is a sophomore in the school of Arts and Sciences majoring in Engineering Psychology and minoring in Cognitive Brain Sciences and Computer Science. She is particularly interested in the role robotics can play in child development. In her free time, Aditi loves to spend time with her dog, bake new recipes, and play field hockey.

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Ari Navetta – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ari is a sophomore 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 sophomore 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 senior 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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Bella Sidoruk – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bella is a freshman at Tufts pursuing a B.S in Cognitive and Brain Science. She is interested in cognition, especially regarding decision making and multitasking. In her free time, Bella loves to bake, ski, stay active, learn new information and spend time with her family, friends and dog.

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Sara Siqueira – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sara is a senior 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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Caroline Yang – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Caroline is a sophomore at Tufts pursuing a B.S. in Engineering Psychology. She is particularly interested in the application of cognition to make technology (especially smartphones) more humane and accessible. Outside of the lab, Caroline is an educator at Peer Health Exchange. She enjoys playing tennis, walks in nature, and reading in her free time.

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Lab Alumni

Sruti Gudapati – High School Research Assistant (June 2021 – August 2021)
Sidney Peach – Research Project Coordinator (September 2019 – July 2021)
Alekya Menta – Undergraduate Research Assistant (January 2018 – May 2021)
Gabriel Ukegbu – Undergraduate Research Assistant (May 2018 – May 2021)
Wells Drayton – Undergraduate Research Assistant (June 2019 – May 2021)
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 2016 – December 2016)
Rakshana Selvarajan – Undergraduate Research Assistant (July 2016 – August 2016)

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