People

Lab Members
Stefano Anzellotti
Principal Investigator
Craig Poskanzer
Lab Coordinator/Research Assistant

Craig studies how we encode and store information about the world and the people around us. He is particularly interested in understanding how we use this information to generate internal models of how other individuals think. Craig received his Bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 2018, where he studied History of Science and Neuroscience.

Mengting Fang
Lab Coordinator/Research Assistant

How do people build abstract conceptual knowledge from various perceptual and learning experiences? This is the question at the center of Mengting's current research. She is exploring how to bridge the gap between our understanding of perception and conception through computational modeling and neuroimaging methods. Outside of academia, she enjoys reading, singing, and hiking.

Aidas Aglinskas
Postdoctoral Researcher
In partnership with the Language Learning Lab at Boston College, Aidas is working on a project funded by the Simons Foundation modeling the heterogeneity of brain-connectivity in autism. Specifically, he interrogates large sets of resting-state fMRI data to look at patterns of functional connectivity using advanced computational methods. The project goal is to better understand subtypes and factors in autism spectrum disorder. Before coming to BC, Aidas completed his doctoral training at the University of Trento in Italy where he used fMRI to understand how knowledge concepts are are represented across brain networks.
 
Emily Schwartz
Graduate Student

Emily’s research interests include the neural systems involved in recognition of individuals and their emotions, as well as the detection of social cues. She is interested in studying the brain regions that represent the visual configuration of the face and the regions that encode the meanings of those configurations. She would like to apply computational and neuroimaging methods to investigate these research topics. Emily received her B.A. in Psychology from New York University in 2017.

Yuting Zhang
Undergraduate Research Assistant/Thesis Student

Yuting is an undergraduate majoring in Psychology at Boston College, and is working on research for her senior thesis. She is from Beijing, China. She has been fascinated by the human brain since junior high, and is currently interested in computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience and neural networks. Her research in the lab focuses on how to remove noise, such as motion and heart rate, from fMRI data using an adversarial network. She also enjoys drawing and painting in her free time. In the future, she wants to pursue studies in human memory and learning using a computational approach and hopes to help find the cure for Alzheimer’s disease. 

Eamon Atri
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Eamon is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology at Boston College. He is interested in research that observes the intersection between consciousness and neuroscience. Specifically, he is curious about thoughts and their neural correlates, and he would like to better understand how and why people think the way that they do in various situations through studying the brain.

Collaborating Faculty
Rebecca Saxe
Joshua Hartshorne
Liane Young
Evelina Fedorenko
Collaborating Students and Researchers
Yichen Li
Collaborating Research Assistant

Yichen is an undergraduate student double majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science at New York University, and is currently a research assistant in the Ma Lab. She has done a project on fMRI denoising methods and functional connectivity analysis. She is interested in computational and mathematical models of neural mechanisms and the potential connection with cognitive tasks.

Katie O'Nell
Collaborating Research Assistant

Katie received her Bachelor's degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT in 2019, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University. She is interested in how people parse the world into concepts and categories, particularly ones with fuzzy, context-dependent boundaries. She currently works on this question in the context of visual processing of faces and how people figure out another person's identity and emotional state.

Minjae Kim
Collaborating Ph.D. Student

Minjae is interested in how we learn about other people by observing their actions. Her research focuses on how we update our trait inferences of other people when their actions violate our predictions, and which properties of actions matter for updating. She uses both behavioral and fMRI methods to study the organization of dynamic social representations. Minjae received her B.A. in neuroscience from Swarthmore College, and worked as a research assistant in the NeuroCognition Lab at Tufts, before starting her PhD at Boston College in Fall 2017.

Joshua Hirschfeld-Kroen
Collaborating Research Assistant

A native Floridian, Josh traveled across the country to study at Pomona College in Southern California, where he finally received his BA in 2017. Winter was a blissful abstraction for Josh until he moved to Boston, where he now works as lab manager in Liane Young's Morality Lab at Boston College. Josh is primarily interested in sorting out his interests. When he's not busy doing that, you can find him expressing his interest in other things, like how people become motivated to engage in altruistic behavior, how they learn to prioritize more effective forms of altruism, and how the processes of mind perception and empathy support, and in some cases undermine, these capacities.

Tiwalayo Eisape
Collaborating Research Assistant

Tiwa received his Bachelor's degree in Math and Computer Science from Boston College in 2019. He is broadly interested in the neurological underpinnings of language learning and the implications they have on artificial intelligence.

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Jayden Ziegler
Collaborating Postdoctoral Researcher

Jayden received his Ph.D. in Psychology at Harvard University in 2019, and is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in Ev Fedorenko's Language Lab at MIT. His primary interests are in the nature and origins of combinatorial representation in language and thought.

Jasleen Dhanoa
Collaborating Research Assistant

Jasleen is interested in using machine learning and data analysis to understand the human brain, and to understand which regions of the brain are involved in thinking. She would like to eventually use this understanding to develop better architectures for artificial learning and intelligence.

Former Lab Members
Kirstan Brodie
Lab Coordinator/Research Assistant 2018-2019

Lab Manager, Harvard