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

Jenny is in her fifth year in the Cognition and Language Laboratory. 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

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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Cognition and Language Lab at the University at Albany, SUNY.

Email address: fayeknickerbocker@gmail.com

CV (7/1/2014)



Deana Vitrano
(BS, Dickinson College, PA, 2012; MS, St. Joseph's University, PA, 2014)

Deana is a third year student in the Cognitive Ph.D program, working primarily in Dr. Jim Neely’s lab. Currently, she is collaborating with the Cognition and Language Laboratory to examine creativity and word associations. Specifically, she is investigating possible differences in speed and fluency of word associations between highly creative individuals and less creative individuals. Besides creativity, her research interests include memory, the testing effect, and the mediator effectiveness hypothesis. She also collaborates with Dr. Heather Sheridan in the Visual Cognition Laboratory to study different types of expertise.

Email address: dvitrano@albany.edu

Allison Wilck
(BA, University at Geneseo, SUNY, 2015)

Allison is a first-year graduate student at UAlbany and in the Cognitive and Language Laboratory. She previously completed an internship through the University of Rochester researching the effects of interpersonal stress on children’s development. Utilizing data from this project, she co-presented an independent project at SUNY Geneseo’s annual research convention. This year she will be working on two projects within the Lab focusing on issues such as explicit and implicit memory and the survival memory phenomenon. Recently, she presented research on the survival processing effect and implicit versus explicit memory at the 2016 North Eastern Psychological Association annual conference. She is generally interested in how knowledge, memories, and intuition are acquired, as well as how these create differences in perception.

Email address: awilck@albany.edu