Jason Chein, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology (Brain, Behavior, & Cognition) at Temple University. Broadly, research in Dr. Chein's laboratory employs a cognitive neuroscientific approach to evaluate alternative theoretical claims surrounding the basic mechanisms of cognition, the relationship among these mechanisms, and the contribution each makes to high-level cognitive function. Dr. Chein has extensive training in the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and employs this technique in combination with traditional behavioral measures to pursue his research goals. His primary research focus is on the psychological and neurobiological underpinnings of working memory (immediate memory, short-term memory, controlled attention), and its role in cognitive control, learning, and decision making. Dr. Chein obtained his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Computer Science from Temple University in 1997, and rejoined the Temple community as a member of the faculty in January of 2006. During the interim, he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology with a specialization in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University.
Dr. Chein currently teaches courses in Cognitive Psychology and Functional Neuroimaging. He is a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Psychonomic Society, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Neuroscience.
Morgan is a Research Assistant working in the lab. Currently, she is assisting on a project that investigates working memory training and adolescent decision making. She graduated from West Chester University in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology. She hopes to enter a PhD program in the fall of 2014 to study Cognitive Psychology. When not in the lab, she enjoys reading and exploring the city.
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Jamie is a Research Assistant in the Neurocognition Lab. She is currently working on a project that investigates working memory training and its effects on adolescent decision making. Jamie graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology. When she is not assisting in the lab, Jamie likes to watch football, read, and try out new recipes. In the near future, she will apply to graduate schools with the hope to obtain a Ph.D. in Psychology.
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Ashley Smith is currently a fifth-year in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Program working with Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Chein. Ashley graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 2006 with a BA in Psychology. She went on to study reward processing and decision making at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. In 2007, Ashley joined Temple's Neurocognition Lab. Her current research interest is investigating adolescent decision-making using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques. Ashley's current projects focus on the role of social and emotional context on adolescent risk-taking. In her free time Ashley likes to cook, watch sports, and play with her adorable golden retriever.
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Karla is a fourth-year graduate student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Program working with Dr. Chein and Dr. McCloskey. She received her B.A. in psychology from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany and her M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago. Prior to beginning her doctoral training at Temple, Karla worked as a research coordinator at the Adult Eating and Weight Disorders Program at the University of Chicago. Karla is interested in researching the neural and physiological mechanisms of affective processing and rejection sensitivity, and is currently working on a project that explores the influence of alcohol and social context on risk-taking in young adults.
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Gail Rosenbaum is a third-year graduate student in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from Minneapolis, MN. She received a B.A. in Psychology and a Certificate in Neuroscience from Indiana University, where she studied domain-specificity in decision making. After graduating in 2011, she spent a year working with Dr. Yuhong Jiang at the University of Minnesota studying the interaction between implicit and explicit learning in visual search. Broadly, her current research interests include the cognitive and neural mechanisms of human decision making. In her free time, Gail enjoys singing, biking and watching Indiana Hoosiers basketball.
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Karol Silva is a third-year student in Developmental psychology working with Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Chein. Karol is originally from Venezuela, and graduated from Rutgers University in 2007 where she studied socio-emotional learning in ethnic minority children. She went on to receive a masters in public health from Brown University, and subsequently worked as a research assistant at Drexel University-School of Public Health, where she studied patterns of prescription drug misuse among young adults. Broadly speaking, Karol's current research interests encompass the interface of adolescent cognition, motivation, and self-regulation with emphasis on implications for decision-making and risk-taking behaviors.
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Harry Wilmer is a third-year graduate student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences program. He is working with Dr. Chein to investigate psychological and neurobiological aspects of working memory, particularly the effects of working memory training. Harry graduated from Princeton University in 2007 with a BA in Psychology. He then worked for several years as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting's federal branch. There, he worked with several sectors of the federal government, providing advice regarding grant compliance, research and development operations, and other matters.
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Natasha is a second-year student in Developmental Psychology working with Dr. Laurence Steinberg. She is originally from northern California and received her BA in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. There, she was lab manager for the Crossroads Study (in collaboration with Temple and University of New Orleans), a study investigating the developmental impact of youth involvement with the justice system. Her general research interests involve adolescent delinquency, particularly in at-risk populations, and the neural mechanisms influencing such behaviors.
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Grace is a second-year in the Developmental Program working primarily with Dr. Steinberg. She graduated with a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 2011. After graduating, Grace worked on the ADHD Research Study in Portland where she became interested in decision-making, psychopathology, and emotion regulation during development. When not studying, Grace enjoys climbing, concerts, amateur ukulele sessions, writing about herself in the third person, and Buffy.
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Randall "Randy" Miller is a southpaw, haling from the insurance capital of the world, Hartford, CT. Randy earned a B.A. in psychology from Drew University in 2003, after which he spent many years living in New York, working in a variety of fields, most notably making comic books with Marvel Comics. Returning to school in 2012, he earned an M.S. in experimental psychology from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. Now he joins the Chein lab at Temple University as a first year graduate student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences program. He is interested in working memory and working memory training.
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Salena is a research assistant working in the adolescent decision-making study. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. During that time she was a research assistant for the Pittsburgh Girls Project, specifically helping with research focusing on the affect and relationships of adolescent females diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. She hopes to enroll in a Ph.D. program within the next few years to study child and adolescent Clinical Psychology.
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Susan is a sophomore majoring in Psychology at Temple University. She has been assisting in a study that involves working memory training and its effects on cognitive control in adolescents. When not in the lab, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, strumming a ukulele (while singing along, of course), and acroyoga.
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Katie graduated in 2011 with a BA in Classics from the College of the Holy Cross. Her work abroad and in the US as an ESL teacher took her from a passion for dead languages to a fascination with language acquisition and learning and memory in general. She is currently involved in two studies investigating links between modern technology and cognition, and she hopes to pursue a PhD in psychology.
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Josh is currently a junior studying criminal justice at Temple University interested in criminological theory and policing strategies. He is currently assisting with research on adolescent decision-making in the lab. In his free time, Josh enjoys swimming and reading about current events in the criminal justice system.
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Alana is a Senior at Temple University majoring in psychology with a minor in neuroscience research and a member of Psi Chi. Alana has been assisting in studies regarding problem solving, decision making, and peer influence on Temple University Main Campus and on the Health Sciences Campus. When she is not assisting in the lab, Alana enjoys reading, running/outdoor activities and painting.
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Alex is a fourth-year psychology undergraduate and a research assistant in the Neurocognition Lab. Alex is currently assisting with decision-making studies. Upon graduation he plans to attend graduate school to study School Psychology. He hopes to one day be an elementary school counselor. He is interested in research involving resilience, effective parenting behavior, and early childhood manifestations of mental illness. In his free time Alex likes to write poetry, ride his bike through the city, and watch Netflix.
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Samantha is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in cognitive neuroscience, and the Neurocognition Lab is one of two psychology labs she is currently volunteering in. She is assisting with a study on how technology impacts cognition and spatial memory. Within that study, she is also working on a project examining the potential impact of social media site usage on empathy. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, going to the gym, and spending time with her friends.
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