» People of the Brain Institute

+ - Faculty and Staff

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Dr. Amir Raz

Professor of Psychology

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Director, The Brain Institute

(714) 516-5906

raz@chapman.edu

  

 


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Dr. Uri Maoz

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Schmid College of Science and Technology; Biological Sciences

(714) 997-2061

maoz@chapman.edu

 

 


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Dr. Aaron Schurger

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

(714) 516-5932

schurger@chapman.edu

 

 

 

  


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Tian Lan

Biomedical Engineer

The Brain Institute

(714) 516-5900

tlan@chapman.edu

 

 

 

 

 

+ - Graduate Student Researchers

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Jake Gavenas

Jake is a PhD student with the Brain Institute and Chapman University's Computational and Data Sciences program. He graduated from UCLA in June 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics. His research interests include the neural mechanisms of voluntary action, the timing of unconscious and conscious factors in decision making, and mathematical and computational modeling of these and related phenomena. He is also engaged with the philosophical debate surrounding what the neuroscience of volition can tell us about free will.

 

 

 

 

 


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Elnaz Lashgari

Elnaz is a PhD student in Computational and Data Sciences at Chapman University. She holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. Her research is focused on developing machine learning algorithms with application in computational neuroscience, especially the prediction of action content before action onset. In her research, she uses image analysis, signal processing and deep learning.

 

 

 

 

 


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Andy Liang

Andy is a PhD student in Computational and Data Sciences at Chapman University. His research is mainly focused on computational methods in neuroscience and deep learning. During his time as a student at Chapman, he has worked on many different datasets. For Andy, the data that are collected from the brain is the most exciting data to analyze. He believes the brain and cognition are still mysterious to us and understanding how the they work will make an impact on how we understand human beings.

 

 

 

 

 


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Jungsu Pak

Jungsu is a graduate student in Computational and Data Science program at Chapman University, and a graduate research assistant at the Brain Institute. He graduated from UCLA with a Cognitive Science major and a specialization in computing. His current research and general skillset revolve around virtual reality, simulations, game engines, machine learning and data analysis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Alice Wong

Alice is a current PhD student in the Computational and Data Science program at Chapman University, with a B.A in Psychology from UCLA. Her areas of research interests include characterising the extent of how random human generated sequences can be, and the neuroscience and temporal dynamics of voluntary action.

 

 

 

 

 

 


+ - Undergraduate Student Researchers

Maks Bialek headshotMaks Bialek is a sophomore health science student with pre-medicine as his area of study and minoring in psychology. He is an undergrad research  assistant  currently  working on the float pod project.  Maks is also a member of the Chapman men’s lacrosse team.





 

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Jyelyn Bold is a senior at Chapman University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Advertising and Sociology. Jyelyn joined the Brain Institute in fall 2018 and expects to graduate from Chapman in spring 2019. After graduation, she plans to continue to gain research experience at the Brain Institute as a Research Assistant, while also applying for graduate programs across the country. Her current research revolves around human motivation and emotion as they relate to consumer and forensic psychology. 

 

 


Victoria Caldera heashotVictoria Caldera joined Chapman’s Brain Institute in the Fall of 2018. She is a first-year undergraduate pursuing a BS in Health Sciences and is projected to graduate in the spring of 2022. Victoria has a passion for science as well as helping people which is why she aspires to attend medical school following graduation. Currently at the Brain Institute, Victoria has been working on neurofeedback research which has potential to help aid in mood disorders such as depression. This involves the use of EEG and other technological equipment. Additionally, she is learning to get familiar with eye-tracking and pupillometry equipment.

 


Akima Connelly headshotAkima Connelly is a junior at Chapman University and graduating in May 2020. He is majoring in Biology and minoring in Computer Science. His research interest is Brain Computer Interface.  Specifically, he is interested in the brain’s ability to control robotics to better improve how we develop prosthetics.


 




Rebecca DeAngelis headshotRebecca DeAngelis is a junior at Chapman University, pursuing a B.S. in Health Sciences and a B.A. in Psychology. Her expected graduation date is May 2020. Rebecca started doing research with the Brain Institute in Fall 2018 and has worked on projects related to free will, micro-dosing, neurofeedback, and E-bikes. Her goal is to work in the physical or mental health field.


 


Headshot of Kate Harder.Kate Harder is a biological sciences major and psychology minor, planning to graduate in the spring of 2022. She has been a student researcher at the Brain Institute starting the fall of 2018. Kate has focused on pupillometry/eye tracking and hopes to do more with the body swap and studies involving hypnotism and altered consciousness in the future.

 

 

 


Amber Hopkins headshotAmber Hopkins is a senior at Chapman University and graduating in May of 2019. She is double majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. Amber is an Undergraduate Research Assistant and Undergraduate Researcher at the Brain Institute. Her research interests include consciousness, philosophy of mind, sensation and perception.

 

 

 


Romi Kariv headshotRomi Kariv is a freshman researcher for Chapman’s Brain Institute, pursuing a bachelor degree in health science and a minor in psychology. She plans to graduate in 2022. Romi began researching for the Brain Institute the fall of 2018 and has worked on the rubber hand illusion, collecting data through running experiment on participants. In the future, she hopes to explore more of body swap and virtual reality.





Morgan Kindel headshotMorgan Kindel is a senior at Chapman University, double majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, with minors in Political Science and the Honors Program. She is interested in researching the behaviors and underlying neural mechanisms involved in cognitive processes, especially learning, memory,  decision-making, and social cognition.






 

Emma Rothleutner headshotEmma Rothleutner joinedthe Brain Institute in Fall of 2018. She is currently a freshman pursuing a BS in health science and expected to graduate in the spring of 2022. As an undergraduate researcher in the lab Emma has worked on running the rubber hand illusion and learning how to create models that are used in the virtual reality simulation. In the future she hopes to continue working on the rubber hand illusion and get involved with projects including EEG as she plans on going to PA school after undergrad.





Zach Nelson headshotZach Nelson was born and raised in Central Oregon. He is a sophomore, studying Health Science, and plans on graduating in the spring of 2021. Zach’s interests are at the connection between neuroscience and free will along with working with and interpreting EEG data.






 

Alee Rudis headshotAlee Rudis is a Junior majoring in Health Science and minoring in Psychology. She is on a pre-Physicians Assistant track and plans on graduating in the spring of 2020. At the Brain Institute, Alee works on pupillometry related projects, such as mind writing and eye tracking.



 



Demi Segura headshotDemi Segura is a junior undergraduate student at Chapman University studying Health Sciences and Psychology and is projected to graduate in 2020. Along with being a research assistant for the Brain Institute, she also participates in the Chapman Women’s Lacrosse program and is standing Campus Chairperson for Global Brigades. Demi is currently working on the float pod project and is interested in the psychological and physiological connections within the human mind and body.

 


Headshot of Maiia Tolia-Shah Maiia Tolia-Shah is a health sciences major and psychology minor, planning to graduate in the spring of 2022. She has been a student researcher at the Brain Institute since January 2019. Maiia has focused on range anxiety, ADHD and randomness and is interested in the psychological and physiological relationship between the mind and the body. She plans to become an EMT during college, and after become a surgical PA, focusing on emergency care.

 

  


Cristina Uribe headshotCristina Uribe is an international student from Bogota, Colombia who was raised in Panama City, Panama. She is currently undeclared with a minor in Honors but wants to study a mixture of neuroscience and child development. She is interested in researching consciousness as well as memory.




 


Andrea Vanderby headshotAndrea Venderby is a freshman at Chapman University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She plans on graduating in 2022. Her current involvement in research includes neurofeedback and the rubber hand illusion experiment. In the future, Andrea is interested in continuing these projects, as well as learning more about EEG and virtual reality.