People

Faculty

Marina Bedny
Marina Bedny CV
410-516-2841
marina.bedny at jhu dot edu
231 Ames Hall

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Lisa Musz
emusz1 at jhu dot edu
Research Interests: How do the things that we see and the things that we talk about influence what we know about the world, and how is this information organized in the brain? I am interested in studying the roles of vision and language in knowledge, and how changes in experience and context can alter neural representations of semantic memory.

Mengyu Tian
mengyutian at jhu dot edu
Research Interests: I am interested in how the brain represents different writing systems, such as English vs. Chinese or Braille vs. Sighted reading. I am also interested in how sensory loss shapes neural circuits, using functional and structural MRI.

Graduate Students

Judy Kim
skim346 at jhu dot edu
Research Interests: As human beings we think complex thoughts, and we communicate these thoughts with each other. I’m interested in the neural and cognitive bases for language and thought. How flexible is the brain’s capacity to support high-level linguistic functions such as syntactic processing? How does the brain recognize written symbols in order to extract meaning from them? How does language compare with direct sensory experience as a source of knowledge? To address these questions, I study syntax, Braille reading, and concepts in blind individuals using behavioral, fMRI, and TMS experiments.

Yun-Fei Liu
yliu at jhu dot edu
Research Interests: I’m interested in the neural basis of all kinds of reading, be it normal reading, Braille reading, or even code reading. You can say what I’m doing is some kind of rudimentary mind reading—with a super bulky MRI scanner!

Lab Manager

Brianna Aheimer
baheime1 at jhu dot edu
Research Interests: I’m interested in the roles that nature and nurture play in shaping human cognition and behavior. I’m also curious about the underlying neural mechanisms involved in these developments.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Rhys Gough
rgough5 at jhu dot edu
Research Interests: I'm interested in how our sensations contribute to the building of abstract concepts. I'm also interested in changes to neural circuitry after trauma.

Grace Lee
ylee192 at jhu dot edu
Research Interests: I'm interested in how experience affects brain development and shapes the mind. I'm also interested in how the reorganization of the brain and the mind are correlated.

Carol Lu
clu33 at jhu dot edu
Research Interests: I am interested in studying cognition from both the neurological and psychological perspectives. In particular, I am interested in the effects of experience on cognition.

Zaida McClinton
zmcclin1 at jhu dot edu
Research Interests: I’m interested in neuroplasticity and the brain's ability to enhance itself and adapt to a variety of stimuli. I am also interested in understanding exactly how experiences are received, processed, and stored by the brain.

Verónica Montané
vmontan2 at jhu dot edu
Research Interests: I am interested in the brain and how different experiences help shape the brain. I'm also interested in cognition and how knowledge is affected by experience.

Alumni



Giulia Elli - Former graduate student (current postdoc at University of Michigan with Susan Gelman)




Shipra Kanjlia - Former graduate student (current postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University with Jessica Cantlon)




Nora Harhen - Former research assistant (current cognitive science graduate student at University of California Irvine)




Rita Loiotile - Former graduate student (current intern at Insight Data Science)




Rashi Pant - Former research assistant (current neuropsychology graduate student at University of Hamburg with Brigette Röder)




Connor Lane - Former research assistant (current computer science graduate student at Johns Hopkins University)


Undergraduate Alumni



Erin Brush (current medical assistant at Capital Dermatology, entering medical school August 2020)