People

Lab Director

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  • Bruce Bartholow
  • Professor
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • My research interests fall generally within four distinct yet overlapping areas: (1) the role of cognitive control in social behavior; (2) acute effects of alcohol on cognitive control; (3) individual differences in neurobiologically based risks for addiction, primarily alcohol use disorder; and (4) effects of incidental stimulus exposure on cognition and behavior (i.e., priming effects). The common theme around which these lines of work are integrated is the interplay between salience (i.e., motivational significance) and cognitive control.

    Contemporary theories of social cognition emphasize the role of cognitive and behavioral control in social behavior. Alcohol is known to cause a number of cognitive impairments and affective/emotional changes that lead to deficits in behavioral control, and that have implications for changes in social behaviors (e.g., risk-taking; aggression). Thus, our work has implications for understanding both intoxicated and sober social functioning. Also, individual differences in the salience of alcohol-related cues is believed to contribute to alcohol involvement and risk for alcohol use disorder among young adults. However, most of the research investigating the neurobiological foundations of this risk has been conducted using rodents. An important goal of our work is to test how the theory and findings from this rodent research applies to human models of addiction, particularly at the earliest stages of the addiction cycle. Ultimately, this work is meant to lay the foundation for new approaches to prevention and treatment of addictive disorders.

Graduate Students

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  • Curt Von Gunten
  • Curt spent several years attempting to solve the mind-body problem as a student of Philosophy (B.A. University of Akron, M.A. University of Connecticut). He is now eager to peer into people’s minds using EEG and/or fMRI. This way he can study how, when, and to what extent people can effortfully become aware of, monitor, and potentially alter their automatic impulsive thoughts. Such reflective control has the promise of subduing the often unjustified social judgments that the mind is heir to. He has not, as of yet, solved the mind-body problem.

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  • Meredith Levsen
  • Meredith earned her B.A. from New York University and then spent 3 years as a project coordinator in the Delgado Lab for Social and Affective Neuroscience at Rutgers University before enrolling in the social/personality doctoral program at MU in the fall of 2012. She is broadly interested in questions related to the influence of emotion on social cognition, and currently is investigating how emotion regulation influences neural signals associated with conflict detection and expression of racial bias.

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  • Jorge Martins
  • Jorge completed his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His research interests focus on understanding the complex interplay between impulsivity/deficits in cognitive control and affect-regulation motives for engaging in alcohol consumption and sexual behavior. He focuses on alcohol consumption and (risky) sexual behavior as prototypic exemplars of a broad class of risk-taking behaviors (Cooper, Agocha & Sheldon, 2000). The intersection of EF/cognitive control deficits and motives for risk-taking lies at the heart of his interest and is the primary focus of his research.

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  • Hannah Volpert-Esmond
  • Hannah graduated from the University of Delaware in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology with Honors and a B.S. in Neuroscience. She worked for the SCN Lab for two years as a project manager. She is broadly interested in using neurophysiological measures such as ERPs to investigate various topics in the field of social neuroscience. Previous work includes ERP investigations of how prejudice and stereotyping are involved in shaping racial bias.

Lab Alumni

Who are they? Where are they now?
A number of former SCANlab members have gone on to interesting and prosperous lives elsewhere. We are proud to call them our lab alumni. (If you belong on this list but you’re not currently on it, send an email with your info and we’ll add you.)

  • Liana S. E. Hone
  • Post-doc
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Institute on Addictions, Buffalo, NY
  • Joseph Hilgard
  • Graduate Student
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Illinois State University
  • Kira Bailey
  • Post-doc
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Chris Engelhardt
  • Graduate Student
  • Data Scientist, Carfax, Inc.
  • Ward Davis
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Assistant Professor, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
  • Cheryl L. Dickter
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Associate Professor, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg , VA
  • Kimmy Fleming
  • Graduate Student
  • Assistant Professor, Temple University School of Medicine
  • Megan Fleming
  • Undergraduate Capstone Student
  • Research Technician, Curtin Addiction Research Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Erika Henry
  • Graduate student
  • Research Psychologist & Data Scientist, National Center for Quality Assurance, Washington, DC
  • Adrienne Heinz
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Research Scientist, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
  • Joseph Hilgard
  • Graduate Student
  • Drs. Gloria and Melvin “Jack” Chisum Research fellow, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
  • Geoffrey Kerr
  • Undergraduate honors student
  • Graduate student, Social psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Ozlem Korucuoglu
  • Post-doc
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Chris Loersch
  • Post-doc
  • Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Sarah Lust
  • Graduate student
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Arts and Sciences, Maryville University
  • Sarah Mitchell
  • Project Manager
  • PhD student, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri
  • Stephanie Peak
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Graduate student, Psychology Department, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Tim Sannes
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Graduate student, Clinical Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Monica Schepers-Riordan
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Assistant Professor, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Marc Sestir
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Hendrix College, Conway, AR
  • Eunsam Shin
  • Post-doctoral fellow
  • Post-doctoral research associate, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
  • Elena Stepanova
  • Post-doctoral fellow
  • Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Ellie Stillwell
  • Project Manager
  • Graduate Student, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Eduardo Vasquez
  • Post-doctoral trainee
  • Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
  • Andrew Watrous
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Research assistant, Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab, UC-Davis (Cam Carter, PI)