Cognitive Experiments Models & Neuroscience Lab


Principal Investigator


David (Dave) Huber, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences


Dave received his PhD from the University of Indiana. He was a faculty member at the University of Maryland and at UC San Diego before joining UMass Amherst in 2013. He is trained in mathematical modeling, cognitive experiments and brain imaging techniques to investigate perception and memory.





Postdoctoral Researchers



Kevin Potter
Postdoct, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences
kevin [dot] w [dot] potter [at] gmail [dot] com

Kevin received his BA from Grinnell College, and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He is interested in Bayesian statistics, mathematical models of simple choice and response times, and the application of these techniques and models to a wide number of areas, from personality constructs to memory.





Graduate Students




Will Hopper
PhD Student, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences


Will received his BA in Psychology from UC San Diego. He is interested in episodic memory and face processing from a computational and cognitive neuroscience perspective. He is currently working on a new theory that explains the long-term benefit of retrieval practice as compared to re-study.





Helena Jacob
PhD Student, Neuroscience and Behavior Program

Helena [dot] pl [dot] jacob [at] gmail [dot] com


Helena received her BS in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She is interested in computational neuroscience and brain imagining techniques (EEG and fMRI) to study memory and perception.

Jeffrey Durbin
PhD Student, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences

jdurbin [at] umass [dot] edu


Jeffrey received his BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Kansas. He is interested in using cognitive modeling and machine learning techniques in both neuroimaging and behavioral experiments to explicate the role of lower-level cognition--namely, working memory--in higher-level decision-making processes.





Post-bac Lab Managers




Lucas (Luke) Huszar
BA with Individual Concentration, UMass, Amherst

lukehuszar [at] gmail [dot] com


Luke approaches the philosophy of mind with experimental methods, applying philosophical perspectives to topics in cognitive science. He is interested in consciousness, attention, and visual perception, and the relationship between these phenomena.



  Lab Affiliates



Member of CEMNL works closely with the computational Memory and Perception (cMAP) lab

at UMass Amherst. Members of the cMAP lab include:




Rosie Cowell, PhD
Assistant Prof., Depart. of Psychological and Brain Sciences


Rosie received her BA from the University of Cambridge, UK, and her PhD from the University of Oxford, UK. She joined the faculty of UMass Amherst in the fall of 2013. She is trained in computational cognitive neuroscience, animal neuropsychology, cognitive psychology and fMRI.





David Ross
Postdoc., Depart. of Psychological and Brain Sciences
davidross [at] umass [dot] edu

David received his BSc from Stirling University (UK), PhD from Cardiff University (UK) and then completed a post-doc at Vanderbilt University, where he used computational modeling and fMRI to look at visual expertise and object recognition. He is currently working on combining computational and imaging methods to constrain and advance models of visual recognition and memory.





Merika Wilson
PhD Student, Depart. of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Merika received her BS from St. Lawrence University. She is interested in understanding the neural basis of recognition memory impairments. Her current project examines visual object processing in healthy subjects using fMRI to test a theory of brain damage-induced amnesia.





Patrick Sadil
PhD Student, Depart. of Psychological and Brain Sciences
psadil [at] psych [dot] umass [dot] edu

Patrick graduated with a BA in Biology from Reed College, writing a thesis under Dr. Erik Zornik on the neurophsyiology behind the vocal behavior of
Xenopus laevis.




Nicholas (Nick) Blauch
Lab Manager

nblauch [at] icloud [dot] com


Nick graduated with a BS in individual concentration from UMass Amherst. He seeks to understand the brain and mind by building and testing biologically-inspired, behaviorally constrained computational models (e.g. deep neural networks). He hopes that by detailing the function of the brain and mind, we can better understand and develop treatments for dysfunctions.





Lab Alumni


Yoonhee Jang (postdoc alumnus, now faculty at University of Montana)

Cory A. Rieth (PhD alumnus, now staff scientist at Pacific Science & Engineering)

Xing Tian (PhD alumnus, now faculty at NYU Shanghai)

Eddy J. Davelaar (postdoc alumnus; now faculty at Birkbeck College)

Woo Young Chun (postdoc alumnus; now faculty at Chungnam National University)



Faculty Collaborators


Diane Pecher (Erasmus University)

Rene Zeelenberg (Erasmus University)

Richard Shiffrin (Indiana University)

Kang Lee (Univeristy of Toronto)

Piotr Winkielman (UC San Diego)

John Wixted (UC San Diego)

Tom Wallsten (University of Maryland)

Mike Dougherty (University of Maryland)

Hal Sigall (University of Maryland)

Sarah Mednick (UC Riverside)

Christoph Weidemann (Swansea University)

Ed Vul (UC San Diego)

Tracy Tomlinson (U of Maryland)

Nitin Gupta (Indian Institute of Technology)

Patrice Rusconi (U of Surrey)

Hal Pashler (UC San Diego)