Our team: Extremely nerdy. A little quirky. A lot of fun.

who we are

We're a motley crew of science nerds united in the pursuit of understanding the inner workings and limits of human memory.  

Read on to find out more!


jeremy manning  |  lab director 

Jeremy is an Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth and directs the Contextual Dynamics Lab. He enjoys thinking about brains, non-brain brain-related things (e.g. zombies), computers, annoying-to-solve puzzles, and cats.

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andy heusser  |  post-doc

Andy's dissertation work was on the role of neural oscillations in episodic memory. His post-doc work is focused on extracting ideas from basic learning and memory research to optimize learning in natural educational settings, like the classroom, and creating web-based tools for education.


gina notaro  | post-doc

Gina's PhD research (Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth) focused on low-cost bio-measurement systems and their potential use in non-traditional research environments. She is currently studying exercise-associated changes in cognitive performance. Outside the lab, Gina likes to hike, bake, and make bad puns.

lucy owen  |  grad student

Lucy is interested in the decision processes related to memory. Specifically, how past experiences influence current memory decisions, as well as the underlying neural mechanisms that support this process.


kirsten ziman  |  grad student

Kirsten’s research explores attention, memory, and consciousness. Current projects explore how attention modulates subjective experience and subsequent storage of information into memory. When not in the lab, Kirsten practices yoga, cooks vegetables, and scribbles in her dream journal.


paxton fitzpatrick  |  undergrad

Paxton is a member of the undergraduate class of 2019 from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. He is a Neuroscience major who also enjoys music, food, crossword puzzles, and dogs.

maddy lee  |  undergrad

Maddy is in the class of 2020, majoring in Neuroscience. When not busy napping, she helps on the lab’s Efficient Learning project.


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Friends of the lab


Science is a collaborative beast— it takes a village to tame it! 

We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of collaborators and science superheroes to brainstorm with, help us notice when our ideas get a bit too crazy for the "lay scientist," and complain to when our code doesn't compile. Here are links to the fine upstanding citizens we've been hanging out with lately:

Neural Basis of Attention EPSCoR Team, Dartmouth College, Brown University, University of Nevada at Reno, and Montana State University (Collaborative team lead by Peter Tse and David Sheinberg)

Computational Memory Lab, University of Pennsylvania (Director: Mike Kahana)

Computational Memory Lab, Princeton University (Director: Ken Norman)

Machine Learning at Columbia, Columbia University (Director: Dave Blei)

Memory Dynamics Lab, Bard College (Director: Justin Hulbert)

Computational Social Affective Neuroscience Lab, Dartmouth College (Director: Luke Chang)

van der Meer Lab, Dartmouth College (Director: Matt van der Meer)

Epilepsy and Cognition Lab, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Director: Barbara Jobst)

Brainard Lab, University of Pennsylvania (Director: David Brainard)

Chameleon Studios (Director: Talia Manning)