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Stephanie A. Kazanas
(BS, University of Scranton, 2008; MS, Shippensburg University, 2010; MA, University at Albany, 2013; PHD, expected 2016)

Stephanie is a 6th-year student in the Cognition and Language Laboratory. Prior research has included critical thinking scale development, ‘The CSI Effect,’ and the mediating influence of verbal ability on problem-solving performance. Her research within the Laboratory has included topics such as: emotion word processing (in both English monolinguals and Spanish-English bilinguals), adaptive memory, translation processes for Mandarin-English bilinguals, priming effects (using various stimuli), and switch costs according to language and word type. Her dissertation research examines the role of valence and arousal in face and name memory. These projects have been presented at several conferences, including the Association for Psychological Science, Midwestern Psychological Association, The Psychonomic Society, and the International Symposium on Bilingualism. Stephanie's work has beem published in Schwartz, Howe, Toglia, and Otgaar's (2013) volume, What is Adaptive about Adaptive Memory?, the American Journal of Psychology, the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, and Evolutionary Psychology.

Email address: skazanas@albany.edu

H. Faye Knickerbocker
(BA, 2006; MA, 2008, 2011; PHD, 2014)

Faye’s primary research interests are the processing and storage of emotion and emotion-laden concepts, the embodied account for semantic representation, and bilingual language processing. Her recently completed doctoral work involving proactive interference (PI) and emotion processing is currently under review with the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. She is currently conducting research on the influence of emotion on eye movements while reading (with an article at Cognition & Emotion), and the semantic and affective links between emotion and emotion-laden words using an affective priming paradigm. Faye has also published in Visual Cognition, the online blog for Cambridge Extra at the Linguist List (the linguistics blog of Cambridge University Press), and in two academic texts. Faye is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Skidmore College, as well as the Lab Manager of the LETR Lab at Skidmore College and a Postdoc Research Associate of the Cognition and Language Lab at the University at Albany, SUNY.

Email address: hknicker@skidmore.edu hknickerbocker@albany.edu

Current CV (7/1/2014)



Jennifer M. Martin
(BA, College of St. Benedict, MN, 2012; MA, University at Albany, 2015)

Jenny is in her fourth year in the Cognition and Language Laboratory after enjoying her first three years of classes and research at the University at Albany. She is working on several projects, including work on hemispheric effects in processing and memory for concrete, abstract, emotion, and emotion-laden word types, attentional processes related to emotion word processing, and a methodological contribution in the form of a new word norm project with cognate analysis which she presented at the 2013 Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting. She also has a recent book chapter written with her advisor, Dr. Jeanette Altarriba, which appears in Methods in Bilingual Reading Comprehension Research. She is generally interested in emotion and bilingualism and their effects on both language and other cognitive processes, such as attention, memory, and executive control.

Email address: jmartin8@albany.edu

Crystal Robinson
(BA, Coe College, 2011; MA, University at Albany, 2014)

Crystal is in her third year of coursework as a Ph.D student in the Cognition and Language Laboratory. She is primarily interested in language processing and memory from a multilingual and multicultural perspective. With regards to multicultural cognition, she has completed a book chapter on culture and language processing in the Routledge Handbook of Language and Culture. Additionally she has reviewed a four book series on Culture and Psychology for PsycCritiques. She has presented research relevant to the culture, language, and cognition at the 30th Annual Winter Roundtable, Columbia University, New York, NY. Her current research within the lab includes investigating the potential adaptive component of memory from a bilingual perspective. She has presented this work at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. She is also working on a collaborative project investigating creative perception and production across cultures.

Email address: cjrobinson@albany.edu