Sonakchhi was a research associate in the lab from 2017 to 2019. She is now working as a data analyst in New York City.
Laura served as the lab manager from 2015 to 2017
Nathan's research is focused on characterizing and manipulating states of intrinsic
motivation and their relationship to learning, information-seeking, and choice
behavior. In 2007, Nathan completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford
University, where he majored in psychology. For the next three years, he worked at
Columbia University before leaving the big city behind to start his graduate career
at Duke. Nathan is currently a data scientist at Oculus VR in San Francisco. He enjoys coffee.
Born and raised in Northwestern Ontario, Kim completed a BSc in neuroscience at
University of Toronto and PhD in cognitive psychology at Washington University in
St. Louis before continuing her trajectory south to Duke, where she started a postdoc
in the Adcock lab in 2013. Kim's research has focused on examining emotional and
motivational influences on cognition using a combination of behavioral,
psychophysiological, and neuroimaging methods. In the Adcock lab, Kim is
interested in continuing to examine motivational influences on goal-directed
and exploratory behavior with a more explicit focus on the role of underlying
neuromodulator systems, such as norepinephrine and dopamine. Kim currently an assistant professor at Denver University.
A Bay Area girl having earned her undergraduate degrees in psychology and
molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley, Jessica has left the fog behind in
pursuit of memory. Well, memory research that is. She is interested in using fMRI
to study hippocampal and dopaminergic midbrain influences on the encoding of
novelty and expectancy violation.
In the broadest sense, Courtnea is interested in improving educational outcomes.
Within the context of the motivated memory lab, Courtnea investigated internal
states as motivational signals that affect learning and behavioral change. Outside
the lab, Courtnea organizes outreach activities and undergraduate research
programs to improve science education outcomes in K-16 students.
Jane is currently pursuing a MD at Maryland University.
Lee is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Harvard University.
Betsy Sumner, MD, PhD
Betsy's PhD research combined pharmacological manipulations in healthy parti
participants with fMRI experiments in schizophrenia patients to study the
mechanisms of reward-motivated memory in humans. The overall aim of her work
was to contribute to a better understanding of the effects of dopaminergic function
and dysfunction on memory in health and disease. Betsy completed her undergraduate
studies at the University of South Carolina where she majored in chemistry and minored
in mathematics. She completed her MD at the University of Virginia before completing the
neurobiology PhD program at Duke. Her current research and clinical interests converge in the study and treatment
of psychotic disorders.
Kristin is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Vishnu "Deepu" Murty
Deepu is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh
Ian is pursuing a graduate degree at Stanford University.
Maheen is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Harvard University.
Rita is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Johns Hopkins University.
Kate is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Duke.
Amish is a medical student at New York University
Sanghoon Han, PhD
Sanghoon is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yonsei University
Sora is a medical student at Tulane University in New Orleans
Alex is a PhD candidate in Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke
Sarah is currently pursuing a career in elementary education
East Carolina University undergraduate
James is involved in imaging for Radiology at Duke
Arul is chugging his way through Medical School
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow