Jessica Cantlon, PI


I am interested in the origins of human concepts, both in terms of how concepts have evolved over millions of years and in terms of how human concepts develop over an individual lifespan. My research domains include numerical cognition, magnitude estimation, the alphabet, and everyday concepts such as 'face' and 'shoe'. I use fMRI and behavioral measures to study the cognitive and brain mechanisms involved in conceptual processing in pre-school children, non-human primates, and human adults. Using this comparative approach, we can identify both the shared and unique brain functions underlying conceptual knowledge across species and stages of development—with the goal of understanding the stucture of the human mind.

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Brad Mahon, PI

I study the cognitive and neural processes that make possible very simple things that we do on a daily basis. Imagine there is a glass of water on the table. One may look at the glass and name it as 'a glass of water'; or, one may simply pick up the glass and take a drink. My research addresses the processes involved in categorization and recognition of the visual input, the engagement of motor knowledge necessary to manipulate objects, and the dynamics of information retrieval within the speech production system. The goal of this research program is to merge insights from studies of neuropsychological patients with functional imaging studies of the healthy brain in order to articulate a model of object use and object naming.

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Graduate Students

Alyssa Kersey [CV]

Quanjing Chen [CV]

Sarah Koopman [CV]

Stephen Ferrigno[CV]


Ben Chernoff [CV]

Colleen Schneider [CV]
MD/PhD Student

Isabelle Boni [CV]

Elizabeth Shay[CV]


Research Assistants

Courtney Lussier [CV]
Kid NeuroLab and Neuropsychology Lab

Kaitlin Brown [CV]
Cognitive Evolution Lab


Rosa Li, RA

Anat Fintzi, RA

Allison Barnard, RA

Vy Vo, RA


Yuan Deng
Visiting Scholar

Eric Hintz
Neurosurgery Resident

David Paul
Medical Student

Elon Gaffin-Cahn, RA


Alena Stasenko, RA

Bobby Emerson, Graduate Student

Kelly Hughes, Postdoctoral Fellow

Katie Blakely, RA


Cory Bonn, Graduate Student

Alex Teghipco, RA

Kamy Wakim, RA

Frank Garcea, Graduate Student


Santiago Alonso-Díaz, Graduate Student

Emily Prentiss [CV]
Neuropsychology Lab