Student Research Interests

Our program currently includes six core faculty advising 12-20 students. Here are the students currently in the program and some information about the research they are conducting.


Hao

Hao Bai
Works with Dr. Bradshaw
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I received my BS in Psychology from Zhejiang University in 2007, and I am a doctoral candidate in the Cognitive Science program. My current research is focused on the cognitive processes of prioritization in multitasking. More specifically, I am investigating the cognitive processes that underlie peoples’ decisions when choosing which task to work on first in multitasking environments. My research also explores individual differences in interruption recovery in multitasking and skill transfer between auditory and visual modalities.


Kevin

Kevin Barnes
Works with Dr. Bradshaw
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I received my BS in Psychology from MSU in 2009 from the College of Arts & Sciences. In 2013, I received my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the College of Education at MSU. I am currently a second year graduate student in the Cognitive Science program. My research interests include investigating various ways to improve learning and retention in college-aged students and to further refine current theories that underlie this process. Additionally, I am interested in cognitive mechanisms of multitasking ability.


Drew

Drew Cranford
Works with Dr. Moss
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I graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2007 and a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology in 2010. Currently, I am a 5th year student in the Cognitive Science program. I am also an active member of the Cognitive Science Society. My research interests are in experts’ ability to anticipate future events. I am particularly interested in how experts generate and select appropriate courses of action in dynamic and time-pressured situations. I also research insight problem-solving processes in attempt to define the neural mechanism(s) involved when solving a problem via insight as opposed to a search strategy.


Jaymes

Jaymes Durriseau
Works with Dr. Moss
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I received my BS in Psychology from Southern University in 2009 and my MA in Experimental Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2013. I am a 3rd year graduate student in the Cognitive Science program. My current research is focused on the neurocognitive processes of decision making. More specifically, I am investigating the neural activity that underlies different multi-attribute preference decisions. My research also explores the neural and cognitive differences among preference decisions with various degrees of difficulty.


Ethan

Ethan Flurry
Works with Dr. Eakin
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I earned my BS in Psychology in 2012 from MSU, and I am currently a 2nd year graduate student in the Cognitive Science program. As an undergraduate, I worked as a research assistant in Dr. Eakin’s lab for two years. My research interests include memory, metamemory, and cognitive aging. I am currently studying metamemory for emotional stimuli between younger and older adults.


Lauren

Lauren Harris
Works with Dr. Eakin
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I received my BA in Psychology from Maryville College in 2008 and my MA in Experimental Psychology from The University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2010. I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Cognitive Science program. My research interests are in memory and metamemory. Currently, I am investigating the heuristics we use to make metamemory predictions. Specifically, I am interested in whether these heuristics change depending on whether the encoding process or the retrieval process is manipulated.


Alexis

Alexis Jones
Works with Dr. Eakin
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I received my BS in Psychology in 2011 and my MS in Experimental Psychology in 2013, both from MSU. I am currently a 4th year graduate student in the Cognitive Science program. My research interests include the investigation of the mechanisms behind the formation of false memories, specifically recognition, as well as the role of metamemory in monitoring false memories.  I am also an active researcher in a series of collaborative research projects with the Computer Science program at Mississippi State investigating human-robot interaction (HRI).


Winston

Winston Jones
Works with Dr. Moss
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I received my BA in English and BA in Psychology from the University of Mississippi in 2008. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in the Cognitive Science program. My current research is focused on exploring the cognitive mechanisms of multitasking ability. This research has include the use of fMRI techniques in order to identify neurological markers of performance differences. My upcoming dissertation work will explore interruption recovery training. I also have research interests in reading comprehension and the relationship between language and thought.


Ross

Ross McCool
Works with Dr. Bradshaw
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I received my BS in Computer Science from MSU in 2011. I am currently a 2nd year graduate student in the Cognitive Science program. My research interests include comprehension, human computer/robot interaction, and problem solving.


Garima

Garima Rajan
Works with Dr. Eakin
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I graduated in 2012 with a BA in Psychology from The University of Delhi in India and further received my MA in Psychology. I am currently a first year graduate student in the Cognitive Science program.  My undergraduate honors thesis, masters’ thesis, several courses, and a few research ventures in the realms of Cognitive Science guided my decision to pursue a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at MSU. My core area of research interest is in the area of memory and metamemory. I intend to investigate and delve deeper into metamemory under conditions of both explicit and implicit factors of interference. I also want to explore the relationship that exists between memory and metamemory as related, but separate, cognitive processes.


Elaine

Elaine Tan
Works with Dr. Eakin
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I received my BS in Psychology from Bemidji State University, MN, in 2007. After receiving my degree, I returned home to Malaysia and spent two years working with a market research firm as a researcher. A year prior to returning to the United States, I volunteered as a special education teacher with an early intervention program for autistic teenagers. My current research interest focuses on the factors that influence metacomprehension accuracy.


Aaron

Aaron Wong
Works with Dr. Moss
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I received my BS in Psychology and a BA in mathematics from UCSD in 2009. I am a 5th year graduate student in the Cognitive Science program. My current research is focused on metacomprehension, specifically how people make metacomprehension judgments and how we can improve metacomprehension accuracy. I am also involved in research looking at skill transfer and finding neural correlates for metacognitive processing.