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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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  |  lab manager

Paxton conducts research and helps keep the lab running while finishing his BA in Neuroscience. He’s interested in creating new experiments and software tools to study and model memory, as well as the effect of music on the brain. 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.

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.


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.


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.


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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)