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.

lucy owen  |  graduate 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  |  lab manager

Kirsten likes to learn things about computers, when she can, and to think about thinking. She does a lot of yoga and writes down her dreams. Lately, she has been both learning and dreaming about Python.


allison frantz  | undergraduate

Allison is an undergrad in the class of 2018 majoring in neuroscience and minoring in education. She is on the varsity track team, with other passions that include cows, her cat Thor, and chicken nuggets.


aamuktha porika  | undergraduate

Aamuktha ('19) is an undergraduate majoring in Engineering Sciences modified with Neuroscience. In her free time she enjoys "borrowing" food from the DEN, "studying" with mac and cheese bites at Late Night, and "socializing" with milk and Foco cookies.


jake rost  | undergraduate

A neuroscience major in the undergrad class of 2018, Jake is originally from Narragansett, Rhode Island.


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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)

Dartmouth Machine Learning Group, Dartmouth College (Director: Qiang Liu)

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)