Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
I am an Assistant Professor of cognitive neuroscience in the Psychology department at George Washington University (GWU). I am also affiliated with the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute.
My research combines computational and neuroscientific methods to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying learning in neurotypical and clinical populations, especially Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I have recently been awarded the Bridge to Independence Award by the Simons Foundation for Autism Research to study learning in Autism with a computational neuroscientific approach and its implications for treatment.
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Dr. Jonathan K. Doyon
Jonathan received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology in 2010 from the University of South Florida in his hometown of Tampa, FL. He later received a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2018. His research is concerned with how the nonlinear dynamics of behavior help give rise to adaptive outcomes. His approach uses measures of complexity (e.g., multifractal, cross-recurrence, and entropy analyses) to make classifications and predictions about individuals, their behaviors, and the groups to which they belong. He likes to spend his spare time playing music, cycling, and cooking.
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Wenda majored in biology and cognitive psychology and earned a master degree from Beijing Normal University. His research interest is describing the mechanisms underlying social interaction, in particular communication and mentalizing. He is also a video game ‘addict’ who loves gym and basketball.
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Nikita Shah is a recent graduate from George Washington University with a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience and a minor in Mind-Brain studies. She is interested in studying neuro-developmental disorders, with a focus on ASD. In her recent work, she studied typically developing children’s cooperation strategies in both social and nonsocial settings. In her free time, she loves to go hiking, and spend time in the city trying out new restaurants.
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Chynna is passionate about science that preserves and enhances the community’s quality of life through research and advocacy and is excited for a career that aims to eliminate health disparities by transforming policy and innovating technology to strategically create social environments where physical and economic conditions allow for enhanced quality of life. Chynna has done legislative work on Capitol Hill and at the Georgia State Capitol with focus areas that include healthcare, civil rights, transportation, education, as well as science and technology. Chynna loves sports, dancing, and traveling.
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Samantha Metzger is a senior at GW majoring in biology. While she majors in biology, working as a research assistant allows her to explore the interaction between biology and psychology concepts. Outside of the lab, she’s an undergraduate learning assistant for an introductory biology class as well as a tutor through the STEMworks program.
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Kirsten Carmody is an undergraduate junior, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Psychology and Speech, Hearing, and Learning Sciences. She is following the pre-medical track with the intention of moving on to medical school to pursue a career in surgery. Her interest in neurological disorders and psychological research drew her to start working at ANDI. The frequent use of EEG, MRI, and eye-tracking techniques has been perfect in exposing her to aspects of both medical and scientific research fields.
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