Graduate Students – IDEA lab

PI: David Washburn, Ph.D.

For more information, visit the IDEA lab website.

Maisy Bowden – Ph.D. student

Maisy graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a B.A. in psychology and French. As an undergraduate, she was involved in several welfare studies for animals in captivity, primarily at the St. Louis Zoo and Louisville Zoo. Her research interests fall under the umbrella of evolutionary psychology and comparative cognition, especially regarding statistical learning and other learning strategies, and how prior experience may affect those strategies. Maisy is a 2CI University Doctoral Fellow in Primate Social Cognition, Evolution & Behavior.

Jennifer Johnson – Ph.D. student

Jenny is a 2CI University Doctoral Fellow in Primate Social Cognition, Evolution & Behavior. Her research is focused on category-based variables that influence the processing of stimuli. For example, her 2017 M.A. thesis (her second master’s degree, following the M. Sc. she earned in clinical animal behavior from the U. Lincoln, 2014) consisted of a series of studies on the animacy effect: the reported advantage for attending to and remembering stimuli for living (e.g., animals) vs nonliving (e.g., furniture) things. In addition to studying rhesus monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and humans at GSU, she studies cognition and behavior with animals at Zoo Atlanta.

Antonio Salamanca – Ph.D. candidate

Antonio is a doctoral candidate in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State University. His research focuses on executive attention and metacognition. His primary research lab is the Individual Differences in Executive Attention (IDEA) Lab under the direction of Dr. Washburn, but he also works on human-factors projects with Cox Communications, designing experiments to study the user experience.

Will Whitham – Ph.D. candidate

Will uses a blend of statistical learning and procedural learning paradigms to better understand the cognitive mechanisms through which we intuitively understand probabilistic information. This approach is complemented by his study of nonhuman animals, that can demonstrate adept rule- and pattern- learning abilities, and human children, who have these abilities and many others come online throughout childhood.