Sarah  Shomstein, Ph.D.

Lab Director
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Sarah Shomstein is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, and Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Program, at the George Washington University. Her research interests are focused on investigating the neural mechanisms of  attentional selection by combining both behavioral and neuroimaging techniques in normals as well as brain damaged populations.  In her spare time she plays squash, skis, scuba dives, travels, attends art exhibits, and perfects her photography skills.

Selene Schintu
Postdoc (co-advised with Eric Wassermann, NINDS)
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Selene earned her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from University Lyon1, in France. Her research interests are focused on investigating visuospatial attention and hemispheric asymmetries in both healthy individuals and patients, by means of behavioral, neurostimulation, and now fMRI techniques. In her free time Selene loves drawing, biking and traveling, or simply relaxing while listening to good jazz music.

Jonathan Doyon
Postdoc (co-advised with Gabriela Rosenblau)

[google scholar]

Jonathan received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology in 2010 from the University of South Florida. He later received a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2018. His research is concerned with how the nonlinear dynamics of behavior help give rise to adaptive outcomes. His approach uses measures of complexity (e.g., multifractal, cross-recurrence, and entropy analyses) to make classifications and predictions about individuals, their behaviors, and the groups to which they belong. He likes to spend his spare time playing music, cycling, and cooking.

Xiaoli Zhang

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Xiaoli received a BS in Psychology in 2013 from Tsinghua University, China. Later she earned her PhD in Cognitive Psychology in 2020 from The Ohio State University where she worked with Julie Golomb. She is interested in how we perform dynamic perception, attention, and memory functions, especially how our brain effectively processes fast-changing visual inputs. Her research approaches include behavioral measures, eye tracking, and fMRI. In her spare time, Xiaoli enjoys reading novels, cooking, and playing with her cat Pirate.

Dick Dubbelde
Graduate Student


Dick graduated from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2017 with a BS in Psychology and Biology. He is interested in the top-down influences on attention and the biological mechanisms underlying them. When not in the lab, Dick is interested in eating hamburgers and he's read enough comic books to think that neuroscience will give him superpowers.

Ellie Robbins
Graduate Student

Ellie graduated from Colgate University in 2018 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Applied Mathematics. She is interested in researching the effects of semantic information and long-term memory on attentional selectivity. In her spare time, Ellie likes to spend time with animals, do crossword puzzles, and is a self-proclaimed "foodie", always exploring local restaurants.

Kira Wegner-Clemens
Graduate Student

Kira graduated from Rice University in 2017 with a BA in Cognitive Science, then studied face viewing behavior as a post bac researcher at Baylor College of Medicine before starting graduate school. She's interested in attentional mechanisms in real world multisensory contexts, such as face conversation. Outside of lab, she likes to try new restaurants and recipes, paint wataercolors, and fall off walls at the rock climbing gym.


Post Doctoral Fellows:

George Malcolm                         Assistant Professor, University of East Anglia, England
Summer Sheremata                    
Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University
Fatma Uyar                                  Postdoc, University of Pittsburgh, Erickson Lab
Junjun Zhang         
                    Assistant Professor, University of Chengdu, China
Stephen Adamo                          
Postdoc, University of Central Florida, Schmidt Lab _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Graduate Students:

Jeongmi Lee                                Postdoc, UC Davis, Geng Lab

Leslie Drummond                       Postdoc, Naval Medical Research Unit-Dayton
Breana Carter                             Teacher AP Psychology, St. John's College High School
AJ Collegio                                  Behavioral Research, Bose Corporation
Joseph (Chong-In) Nah              Postdoc, UC Davis,
Geng Lab _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Undergraduate Students:

Paul Scotti                                   Graduate Student, Ohio State University, Golumb Lab and Leber Lab
Alexander J. Etz                        
Graduate Student, University of California, Irvine, Vandekerckhove lab
Ian Donovan                               Graduate Student, New York University, Carrasco Lab

Emily Bilger                                Medical School
Sarah Mayer-Brown                  Grad Student, Clinical Psychology,  University of Florida
Alexandra Fleszar                      Law School
Erik Wing                                   Graduate Student, Duke University, Cabeza Lab
Anna Byers
                                Grad Student, UCSD, Serences Lab
Jacoba Johnson                          Counseling Center, Villanova University