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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.

Email address: jmartin8@albany.edu

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 a second submitted for review), 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 Teaching Assistant Professor at East Carolina University, as well as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Cognition and Language Lab at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is developing research relationships in an applicated setting in Cognitive-Developmental Psychology.

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 fourth 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 second-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.

Email address: awilck@albany.edu