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

Jenny has been a member of the Cognition and Language Laboratory for six years. 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, metacognition, attentional blink, and strategies in second language learning. She also has a recent book chapter written with her advisor, Dr. Jeanette Altarriba, which appears in Methods in Bilingual Reading Comprehension Research, as well as an article appearing in Language and Speech. She has presented original research at a variety of conferences, including the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, the International Symposium on Bilingualism, and the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. She is generally interested in emotion and bilingualism and their effects on both language and other cognitive processes, such as attention, memory, executive control, as well as their educational applications.

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Rachel Fernandes
(BS, Grand Canyon University, 2016; MA, Cleveland State University, 2018)

Rachel is a first-year doctoral student in the Cognition and Language Laboratory after completing her Master's degree in at Cleveland State University. Her interests include the survival memory effect, bilingualism, and bidialectism. She will be presenting her work at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in New Orleans, LA.

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

Deana is a fifth 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.

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

Allison is a third-year graduate student at UAlbany and in the Cognition and Language Laboratory. Her current research projects within the Lab focus on exploring the adaptive value of human memory, and the various factors that influence memory, such as culture, attention, and emotion. Recently, she presented research on the survival processing effect in implicit versus explicit memory at the 2016 New England Psychological Association annual conference. She will also be presenting original research on survival memory and cultural orientation in Vancouver, Canada at the Psychonomic Society's 2017 annual meeting. Allison has a book chapter, coauthored with her advisor, Dr. Jeanette Altarriba, on emotion word processing in monolingual and bilingual speakers appearing in the upcoming series Handbook on Language and Emotion. She is also coauthoring an entry regarding selective attunement to adaptive problems in the upcoming Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. She is generally interested in how knowledge, memories, and intuition are acquired, as well as how these create differences in perception. Outside of the Lab, Allison works as an assistant for the Undergraduate Research program to help promote student engagement in the research process across the UAlbany campus.

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