email: brian (dot) anderson (at) tamu (dot) edu
Brian is an Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University. He received a B.A. in Social Science from the University of Maine at Augusta, an M.S. in Psychology from Villanova University where he studied under Charles Folk, and a Ph.D. in Psychological & Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University where he studied under the late Steven Yantis. His faculty profile, which includes a link to his CV and Google Scholar profile, can be found [here].
Laurent received his PhD from the University of Burgundy in 2013, and has completed post-docs at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres and Louisiana State University. Laurent has conducted studies of automaticity, fear conditioning, and emotion-cognition interactions using psychophysics, aversive conditioning, electrodermal activity, EEG, and fMRI methods. He is interested in the relationship between aversive conditioning and reward learning in the control of attention.
Haena (Hannah) Kim
Hannah is a fourth-year PhD student in the Psychological & Brain Sciences program. She comes to the lab from Yonsei University in South Korea, where she completed a master’s thesis on the effect of emotional sounds on multiple target search (which was published in the Korean Journal of Cognitive Science). Her research focuses on how different components of selection history bias attention, including reward history, aversive conditioning, and outcome-independent selection history.
Jeesu (Andy) Kim
Andy is a third-year PhD student in the Neuroscience program (TAMIN). He received a master’s degree from the Biomedical Sciences program at Texas A&M University, where he investigated retinal dysfunction, which resulted in multiple publications including his thesis work, which was published in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. His research focuses on how different rewards influence attention (money, social reward) and how threat and reward systems interact in the control of attention.
Ming-Ray is a second-year PhD student in the Psychological & Brain Sciences program. He received a baccalaureate degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California-San Diego, where he worked with Jaime Pineda and V.S. Ramachandran. His research focuses on the relationship between reward learning and saccadic behavior, reward learning and spatial attention, the application of computational modelling to our understanding of value-driven attention, and several other related topics.
Lana is beginning her first year as lab manager. She comes to the lab from the University of South Florida, where she gained experience with human eye tracking in the lab of Liz Schotter. Lana is particularly interested in the relationship between attention and addiction.
Aarun and Peyton, both undergraduate research assistants working with Ming-Ray Liao, presenting research at Student Research Week 2019
Congratulations to Catherine Hering, an undergraduate research assistant working with Andy Kim, for her poster presentation award from Student Research Week 2019!
Lab Alumni (and position upon leaving the lab)
- Mark Britton, PhD program in Clinical Psychology, University of Florida
- Samantha Weissgarber, MA program in Counseling, Saint Mary’s University
- Alexandra Montgomery, MD program, University of Texas Health Science Center
- Hazera Begum, MS program, University of Texas College of Pharmacy