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Arianna Cascone Receives SFN Award

April 23, 2021
Arianna Cascone
Arianna Cascone

Arianna Cascone wins Best Graduate Student Poster at the annual Triangle Society for Neuroscience meeting for her work assessing functional network organization in individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD). PD is characterized by a range of motor and non-motor symptoms, including cognitive decline.Using resting-state fMRI data collected from individuals with PD with and without cognitive decline, we examined whether topological brain-network resilience contributes to protection against cognitive decline in PD. Relative to individuals with PD experiencing cognitive decline, the frontoparietal network in cognitively stable individuals with PD is significantly more resilient to network perturbation. The topological robustness of the frontoparietal network may contribute to protection against cognitive decline in individuals with PD.

Congratulations Arianna!

Arianna Cascone wins SFN award
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Erika Fager

March 2, 2021

Erika has been an RA in the Cohen Lab for two years. She is a junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. This fall she began an independent research project investigation emotion dysregulation in adolescents. Specifically, she is investigating the relationship between emotion dysregulation and aggression and how executive function deficits may modulate this relationship. After graduating, she hopes to go on and get a PhD in either clinical or cognitive psychology. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano, doing photography, spending time with friends, and exploring new places.

Meet Caroline Hoch

January 23, 2021
Caroline Hoch
Caroline Hoch

Caroline Hoch graduated in May 2020 with a major in Neuroscience and minors in Biology and Spanish for the Medical Professions. She was a member of the Cohen Lab from Fall 2016-Spring 2020 and took on an independent project during her senior year, in which she explored the reliability of the current ADHD neurocognitive profiles. She found that heterogeneity exists within both ADHD and typically developing populations, especially in measures of affective processing, risk taking, and executive control. Caroline remains on the pre-med track, and is currently conducting clinical research in orthopaedics at the Medical University of South Carolina.


Ananyaa Sundar

September 28, 2020

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Ananyaa Sundar is majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry, and is on the pre-med track. As a member of the Cohen Lab, she is interested in learning about brain development. In her free time, Ananyaa enjoys baking, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.


Chloe Emehel

September 28, 2020
Chloe is currently a freshman at North Carolina A&T on the [full] Cheatham-White Scholarship.
North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics 20′ (NCSSM)

Interests: In general I am interested in psychology and neuroscience. To be more specific, I have been exposed to behavioral, family, and developmental psychology and plan to continue research related to these topics in the future. One of my favorite classes at NCSSM was Topics in Psychology, where I learned more about the psychology of medicine, work, family, prison, and advertising. Right now, I’m thinking about the medical/clinical route for psychology & neuroscience.

Internship: During my time in the Cohen lab I researched the relationship between cancer, cognition, and mood for the Cancer & Cognition study under the supervision of Marc Rudolph. I was introduced to reference management and citation practices using Mendeley, coding and statistical analysis using R and Python, and conducted several literature reviews. I learned more about neuropsychological assessments and experimental cognitive paradigms coded in Matlab and PsychoPy.

Project: Assessing the Effects of Depression on the Severity of Chemobrain in Breast Cancer Survivor.
This project sought to assess the relationship between self-reported levels of stress and depression measured with the perceived stress scale (Cohen et al., 1983), and the Beck depression inventory (Beck et al., 1961), with both general and specific aspects of attention and memory in a sample of 15 breast cancer survivors and 16 age and IQ-matched healthy control participants (HC) with no history of cancer or treatment with chemotherapy.