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 meet the team!
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.
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.
caroline lee | grad student
Caroline is interested in how the brain organizes and represents semantic structure and the use of machine-learning based joint-modeling approaches to explain the dynamics of brain and behavior. Her spare time is spent learning classical guitar, traveling, and listening to jazz.
paxton fitzpatrick | lab manager
Paxton graduated from Dartmouth in 2019 with BA in Neuroscience, and is continuing his research in the lab while applying to grad school. He’s interested in creating new experiments and software tools to study classroom learning and model how memories change over time. Outside the lab, Paxton enjoys hiking, renovating old houses, and teaching Python.
max bluestone | masters student
Max is a masters student in the Health Data Science program (Geisel School of Medicine). His research interests lie in using data science to understand the mechanisms of human cognition, specifically in the fields of neurological disorders and mental health research. When not helping the lab to create web-based tools for education, Max enjoys running, hiking, and watching old movies.
xinming xu | research assistant
Xinming's research uses memory retrieval paradigms to probe how narrative and real-life events are transformed into memory. He has a particular interest in memory for temporal structure. His outside-of-the-lab interests include exploring narratives, frisbee, and squash.
will baxley | undergrad
Will is a member of the class of 2021 majoring in neuroscience and computer science. Outside of his current work on the Efficient Learning project, he enjoys running, playing the violin and piano, and snacking constantly.
william chen | undergrad
William is a member of the class of 2022. Outside of the lab, he enjoys swimming and binging random YouTube documentaries.
shane hewitt | undergrad
Shane is a member of the class of 2022 from Minnesota. He plans to major in Economics and Computer Science and is interested in dynamic brain patterns and algorithmic stock trading. When not working in the lab, Shane enjoys playing basketball and frisbee.
aaron lee | undergrad
Aaron is a member of the class of 2022 majoring in mathematics. He is interested in statistical theory and machine learning. His non-academic interests include piano, video games, and chess.
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.
alex martinez | undergrad
Alex is a member of the class of 2020 majoring in Cognitive Science. He enjoys fishing, hiking, and watching shows about conspiracy theories. He is interested in Artificial Intelligence.
tudor muntianu | undergrad
Tudor is a member of the class of 2022. When not working in the lab, he enjoys climbing, skiing, and playing with puzzles. Tudor is majoring in computer science and is interested in the intersection of human and artificial intelligence.
shane park | undergrad
Shane is a member of the class of 2019, majoring in Computer Science modified with Neuroscience. He wants to understand the neural mechanisms underlying memory, mental illnesses, and how experience gives rise to identity. When not in the lab, he enjoys making music with his acappella group, the Dartmouth Cords.
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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)