Current Members

Principal Investigator
Aaron D. Mitchel, PhD

Aaron MitchelI earned my PhD in cognitive psychology in 2011 at Penn State University. Extending the work of my dissertation, my research has focused on visual contributions to the basic mechanisms underlying speech perception and language acquisition. In particular, I have investigated how we use facial cues to help us identify where one word ends and another begins (a process known as speech segmentation). In recent years, I have also expanded my interests to include projects on how listeners compensate for between-speaker variability (e.g. two people might say the sound /ae/ as in “bat” in two very different ways) as well as individual differences in multisensory integration.

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Lab Supervisor
Rachel Bergin

RachelI am a senior chemistry major and dance minor and this is my fourth year as a part of the MSP lab. Language has always been of interest to me, and looking at the way a person learns language and the modalities involved has been a component in this lab which I have been able to delve into more. I am currently applying to graduate school to attain a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and on campus am greatly involved in the fall and spring dance showcases and the community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.

When not busy in the lab, you can find me: at rehearsal, in my other lab in the chemistry department, or working the night away on lab reports and pretending to get sleep.

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Lab Supervisor
Katie Lunceford

KatieI am a senior applied math major with a focus in sociology, and this is my fourth year in the MSP lab. I am very interested in what causes our brains to perceive different stimuli and how it makes sense of these perceptions. In applying my interest in math, I am also interested in how these processes can be explained by statistical analysis and formulas. Outside of class, I work as a math tutor and am a part of Greek life.

When not busy in the lab, you can find me: Studying in the library or hanging out at my house.

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Research Assistant
Kristi Kong

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I am a junior Biology major. I joined the MSP lab this past summer and will be continuing research on sleep’s effect on learning complex statistical patterns. Neuroscience has always been a very interesting biological area of study to me. Working in the lab has exposed me to more and more fascinating brain processes like how we acquire languages through various speech stimuli. I am also a student technician in the MakerSpace and am a part of the Arts Residential College program.

When not busy in the lab, you can find me: in the library (sleeping on one of the couches on the quiet floor) or in my room whipping up a new drawing.

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Research Assistant
Sarah Marchegiani 

Sarah M (small)I am a junior Neuroscience major with a minor in Religious Studies and this is my second year in the MSP lab. I have always been fascinated with the brain and its functions, and always love learning more about it. In the MSP lab, I currently focus on a project dealing with audiovisual integration in bilinguals.

When not busy in the lab you can find me: In the music building practicing violin or studying in the library or 7th Street Cafe.

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Research Assistant
Taylor Myers

Taylor smallI am a sophomore Psychology and Education Major and this is my first year in the MSP lab.  I became interested in the brain after learning about the fascinating things my older cousins were working on in their labs.  I love how psychologist are constantly learning new things about the brain with each study!  I am an RA for a first-year hall, a SpeakUP peer educator, and a member of Greek life!

When I’m not in the lab, you can find me: Netflixing in random places all over campus or hanging out with my awesome residents
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Research Assistant
Lauren Caldas
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I am a junior Psychology major and this is my second year in the MSP lab. I have recently been exploring my interest in how the brain’s processes affect our perception of the world around us. The lab has been able to expose me to these real world applications. I am also a member of the Bucknell Dance Company and a part of Greek life.

When I’m not in the lab, you can find me: in the dance studio, hanging out with friends or studying in 7th street café.
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Research Assistant
Celeste Barker
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I am a junior psychology major and on the pre-med track. I decided to become a part of the MSP lab because of my growing interest in the brain’s functions and the process of human perception. I am excited to jump on board with the lab’s current projects and hopefully develop one of my own in the future!

When not busy in the lab, you can find me: In Davis Gym practicing with the Women’s Volleyball team or studying in the library.
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