Principal Investigator

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Tobias Egner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Director of Graduate Studies, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

Tobias received a B.Sc. in Psychology from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and then went on to earn his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at Imperial College London, University of London. After that, he undertook postdoctoral research at the Functional MRI Research Center at Columbia University in New York City before working as a Research Assistant Professor in the Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer's Disease center at Northwestern University in Chicago. In summer 2009, he joined the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University.

For more information, download Tobias Egner's CV.

Graduate Students

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Christina Bejjani

Christina received a B.A. in Neuroscience from Pomona College in 2013. She worked as a research assistant at UCLA before becoming a lab manager for the Learning and Decision Making lab at Rutgers University, Newark in 2014. She joined the Egner lab as a Psychology & Neuroscience graduate student in 2016.

Christina is interested in how learning and memory interact and work hand-in-hand with control processes to guide adaptive behavior. She plans to investigate these topics using various methodologies (behavior, modeling, fMRI, TMS).

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Eva Gjorgieva

Eva graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience. She was a research assistant at the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at Loyola, and then went on to work for the Gottfried Lab at Northwestern.

Eva is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience under the supervision of Drs. Marty Woldorff, Roberto Cabeza, and Tobias Egner. Her research focuses on the ways in which interactions between internally-directed and externally-directed attention are coordinated as a function of intentionality and how this predicts subsequent memory. In addition, Eva is interested in understanding post-error adjustments in attention and cognitive control and their influence on memory.

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Peter Whitehead

Peter received a B.Mus in Orchestral Performance - Bassoon and a B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University in 2016. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Egner lab and Woldorff lab.

Peter is interested in how working memory influences attention and actions, and how control processes can modulate these influences. He plans to investigate these topics using various methodologies (behavior, EEG, and modeling).

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Sam Verschooren

Sam received a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Antwerp in 2012 and continued his education at Ghent University with a M.A. in Philosophy in 2014 and M.Sc. in Theoretical and Experimental Psychology in 2016. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. there as well (PI: Gilles Pourtois; As a part of his Ph.D., he is doing a research stay in the Egner lab.

Sam investigates the dynamics of switches between external (perception-based) and internal (memory-based) attention. He primarily relies on behavioral data, but complements this where useful with EEG measures and has a strong interest in computational modeling.

Lab Manager

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Jack Dolgin

Jack received a B.S. in Psychology from Duke University in 2018. At Duke he worked in the Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program and then in the Huettel Lab.

Broadly, he thinks he is interested in the study of intelligence and individual differences, but he is still unsure, and he promises to update his bio when he knows more.

Undergraduate Students

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Younis Mahmoud

Younis is a second-year student planning to major in Neuroscience and minor in Philosophy (possibly major, but we shall see). His current research interests are broad, but Younis is interested in applying ethical and philosophical inquiry in scientific research.

He is curious about topics such as philosophy of mind and cognitive neuroscience. Younis is also interested about how neuroscience and philosophy intersect. 

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Vin Somasundaram

Vin is a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience and Computer Science. He is curious about the field combining the application of both of these realms.

He is interested in the area of Neuroscience focused on decision-making and wants to learn more about the hierarchy of information. He eventually wants to use Computer Science to progress this field by simulating human decision-making and behavioral motives.

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Sophie Tan

Sophie is a junior majoring in Psychology. She is interested, broadly, in research related to mental disorders. Specifically, she has done research on ADHD, a topic she is particularly interested in.  

She is also interested in research related to attention and memory. This includes investigating parts of the brain that are implicated in these areas, as well as the ways that these cognitive functions can be measured.

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Ziwei Zhang

Ziwei is a junior double-majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. She is interested in the complex executive control processes of the human brain and specifically, how these processes can be facilitated by different types of manipulations.

Ziwei is currently working with Christina to investigate the role of subliminal cueing on prepared control. She hopes to receive a Ph.D. in cognitive science in the future.


Yu-Chin Chiu Assistant Professor, Purdue University, USA

Anthony Sali Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University, USA

Amelia M. Abbott-Frey - MD Candidate, Columbia University Medical School, USA

Hanna Oh Descher - Data Scientist, Microsoft, USA

Paul Muhle-Karbe - Postdoctoral Scholar, Oxford University, UK & Ghent University, Belgium

Jiefeng Jiang - Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, USA

Emma Wu Dowd - Senior Research Program Coordinator, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Anastasia Kiyonaga - Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego, USA

Franziska KorbPostdoctoral Scholar & Lecturer, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Joseph King - Postdoctoral Scholar, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Darinka Trübutschek - Postdoctoral Scholar, Oxford University, UK