Prinicpal Investigator

    Joo-Hyun Song is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences and graduate student trainer in the Department of Neuroscience . She is interested in understanding the mechanisms involved in integrating higher-order cognitive processes, such as attention and decision-making, and visually-guided actions. She has addressed these questions through a combination of methodologies - including behavioral investigations, online action tracking, fMRI, EEG, and neurophysiological experiments.


    Website Email: joo-hyun_song@brown.edu

Postdoctoral Researchers

    Mukesh Makwana is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the CLPS department. He is interested in understanding mechanisms involved in visual perception (time, face, emotion), action, intentions, sense-of-agency, and 'Self'. He uses psychophysics, eye-tracking, machine learning, and computational modelling approaches to understand how perception, action, and cognition interact and influence each other.

    Email: mukesh_makwana@brown.edu
    Melisa Menceloglu is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the CLPS department. Her research focuses on perception, action, and attentional processes in the temporal domain. She uses behavioral and EEG methods to understand how we generate expectations about timing of events and orient attention to specific points in time, and how auditory and visual perceptual processes and goal-directed action are altered with temporal orienting of attention.

    Email: melisa_menceloglu@brown.edu
    Sean O'Bryan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the CLPS department. His research investigates the dynamics of selective attention in learning contexts using fMRI, eye-tracking, and modeling techniques. He is particularly interested in understanding how learning-dependent representational changes in the brain impact attention, perception, and goal-directed behavior across individuals.

    Email: sean_obryan@brown.edu

Graduate Students

    Yi-Fei (Jerry) Hu is a first-year Ph.D. student in the CLPS department interested in how perception, action, and cognition interact with each other. Before Brown, Jerry studied social perception with Shu-Guang Kuai at East China Normal University and worked as an RA with David Whitney and Brian Scholl.

    Email: jerry_yifei_hu@brown.edu
    Jessica Ip is a PhD student in the CLPS department. She is interested in visual cognition, action, and perception in the context of rehabilitation, and the role of attention in visuomotor coordination. Previously, Jessica studied information visualization with Ronald Rensink, and human-computer interaction with Karon MacLean and Hasti Seifi at UBC.

    Email: jessica_ip@brown.edu

Undergraduate Students

    Alexander Daskalopoulos is a junior from Rhode Island concentrating in neuroscience and following Brown's pre-med track. He is interested in human perception and behavior.

    Email: alexander_daskalopoulos@brown.edu
    Diyarhi Roy is a first year from New York City possibly concentrating in CLPS or Health and Human Biology. She is interested in the interaction between behavioral and biological sciences.

    Email: diyarhi_roy@brown.edu
    Sarah Yi is a sophomore from Maryland concentrating in Cognitive Neuroscience. She plans to study perception and behavior in people with brain injuries. In her free, time she likes to engage in community service through music!

    Email: sarah_yi@brown.edu

Collaborating Lab Managers

    David Kamper is the lab manager of the Causality and Mind Lab under David Sobel. He is interested in causal reasoning, cognitive control, and decision making. Prior to Brown, David graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020 as major in biopsychology and neuroscience; philosophy, and cognitive science with a minor in linguistics. He studied under Jonathan Brennan in the Computational Neurolinguistics Laboratory at Michigan.

    Email: david_kamper@brown.edu