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.
Dr. Sikoya Ashburn, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab, was named as a Rising Star on Cell Mentor’s list of 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in the U.S.! You can see the complete list here: https://crosstalk.cell.com/blog/1000-inspiring-black-scientists-in-america. Congratulations, Sikoya!
The Cohen Lab attended Flux Virtual Congress 2020 from September 9th to September 12th. We are honored to continue learning about the most recent advancements and research in developmental cognitive neuroscience, and to contribute to this community by presenting and discussing our own research. Click here if you are interested in checking out our recorded poster presentations on Youtube!
- Dr. Nicholas Fogleman: Neural correlates underlying irritability and emotion dysregulation in children with and without ADHD.
- Dr. Teague Henry: The effects of methylphenidate on the functional controllability of the brain in children with ADHD.
- Mac Woodburn: Reconfiguration of functional brain networks from resting-state to task during childhood is associated with motor learning and working memory.
- Mackenzie Mitchell: Rewards drive reconfiguration of whole brain networks in children.
- Cleanthis Michael: Disrupted brain network reconfiguration between resting and cognitive control task states across changing cognitive demands in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
- Cheyenne Bricken: Brain network organization and cognitive performance during childhood.
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.
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.
[Top Left: Kelly Eom with her poster, entitled “Effects of methylphenidate on response control and intrinsic whole-brain functional network organization in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder”
Top Right: Cheyenne Bricken with her poster, entitled “Longitudinal trajectories of cortical thickness from birth to 6 years predict cognitive outcomes at 9 years”
Bottom Left: Mackenzie Woodburn with his poster, entitled “Trajectories of group and individual-level structural brain network organization from birth to childhood and their cognitive relevance”
Bottom Right: Kelly Duffy’s poster, entitled “Intrinsic Functional Network Organization and Failures of Response Control in Children with ADHD”]
From August 30th to September 1st, members of the Cohen Lab visited New York City for Flux 2019! There, they attended presentations, viewed posters, and learned about ongoing research within the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience. Additionally, Kelly Eom, Cheyenne Bricken, and Mac Woodburn presented posters for our Brain Organization in ADHD and Longitudinal Pediatric Brain Development studies. Great job, everyone!
On Saturday July 13, members of the Cohen Lab visited the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC for Super Scientist Saturday. Kids and their parents learned about the brain, played trivia for prizes, made brain hats and pipe-cleaner neurons, and heard more about our current studies! Many thanks to the Museum of Life and Science for hosting us; we had a blast!