Cognitive Neuroscience Lab


Laboratory Director: Jeffrey S. Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining the Department of Psychology at NDSU in 2012, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Johnson's research focuses on studying the cognitive and neural bases of attention and working memory, and the pathophysiological basis of behavioral and cognitive dysfunction in psychiatric illness.

Post Doc: Amanda E. van Lamsweerde, Ph.D

Amanda received her Ph.D from Louisiana State University in 2013. Her research focuses on investigating how visual attention, working memory, and long term memory interact to flexibly adapt to both a changing environment and observer goals.

Graduate Student: Andrew Heinz

Andrew received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Iowa. While there, He was involved in research within the department of psychology exploring object-based attention, figure-ground assignment and perceptual organization in visual scenes. In addition, Andrew assisted in investigating the neural mechanisms underlying emotion processing in psycho-pathological conditions, at the university hospital. His current research interests include the neural basis of dysfunction in psychiatric conditions, perception, attention and working memory.

Graduate Student: Andrea Bocincova

Andrea received her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Masaryk University in Czech Republic. Her research interests are primarily in working memory, attention and top-down control. In her Master's thesis, she studied the relationship between anxiety and the ability to inhibit threatening, task-irrelevant information from working memory. She is currently focusing on examining how working memory related functions are reflected in the brain's neural code and brain networks. One of her long-term goals is to study the relationship between psychiatric disorders and the functioning of the brain.

Lab Coordinator: Madhuri Tiwari

Madhuri Tiwari received her B.A. in Psychology and a Certificate in Professional Writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2015. Currently, she assists Dr. Johnson and the graduate students in the lab in conducting research work and coordinating other administrative lab activities. She plans on pursuing her graduate degree in Neuroscience, specifically studying neuronal connectivity in patients diagnosed with Schizophrenia.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Leah Jesser
Stephanie Leach
Megan Malecha
Sarah Olson

LAB Alumni

Undergraduate Research Assistant: Miseon Bak
Lab Coordinator: Jamie Schmidt