People

Lab Director

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  • Bruce Bartholow
  • Professor
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • My research interests generally relate to person perception (how people attempt to understand others), aggression and alcohol use. I am particularly interested in how people regulate their behavioral responses to others, the role of cognitive control and affect in this process (and their neurocognitive underpinnings), and how alcohol consumption can interfere with typical behavioral regulation processes. Additional interests include understanding the role of individual differences in alcohol sensitivity (i.e., the amount of alcohol needed to feel intoxicated) in risk for developing alcohol use disorders, and the role of executive cognitive functions in regulating numerous social behaviors often believed to be "automatic" or "implicit."

Post Docs

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  • Liana Hone
  • I received my B.A. in Physical Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I worked for the Center of Evolutionary Psychology and the Gaulin Lab. I received my M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Miami, where I worked for the Evolution and Human Behavior Laboratory. I am currently working with Bruce Bartholow and Ken Sher as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri. Broadly, I am interested in the evolution of sexual dimorphism in humans—that is, how men and women differ—and I gravitate toward research with a public health application. I am particularly interested in understanding sex differences in human behavior and physiology, and the interaction between hormones and behavior from an evolutionary perspective. Presently, I am interested in modeling the relationship between executive cognitive functioning and alcohol-related negative outcomes as moderated by sex and alcohol sensitivity, exploring the relationship between college students' alcohol use and sexual coercion, and assessing the effects of alcohol on the expression of sexually selected traits.

Graduate Students

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  • Curt Von Gunten
  • Curt spent several years attempting to solve the mind-body problem as a student of Philosophy (B.A. University of Akron, M.A. University of Connecticut). He is now eager to peer into people’s minds using EEG and/or fMRI. This way he can study how, when, and to what extent people can effortfully become aware of, monitor, and potentially alter their automatic impulsive thoughts. Such reflective control has the promise of subduing the often unjustified social judgments that the mind is heir to. He has not, as of yet, solved the mind-body problem.

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  • Meredith Johnson
  • Meredith earned her B.A. from New York University and then spent 3 years as a project coordinator in the Delgado Lab for Social and Affective Neuroscience at Rutgers University before enrolling in the social/personality doctoral program at MU in the fall of 2012. She is broadly interested in questions related to the influence of emotion on social cognition, and currently is investigating how emotion regulation influences neural signals associated with conflict detection and expression of racial bias.

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  • Jorge Martins
  • Jorge completed his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His research interests focus on understanding the complex interplay between impulsivity/deficits in cognitive control and affect-regulation motives for engaging in alcohol consumption and sexual behavior. He focuses on alcohol consumption and (risky) sexual behavior as prototypic exemplars of a broad class of risk-taking behaviors (Cooper, Agocha & Sheldon, 2000). The intersection of EF/cognitive control deficits and motives for risk-taking lies at the heart of his interest and is the primary focus of his research.

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  • Hannah Volpert
  • Hannah graduated from the University of Delaware in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology with Honors and a B.S. in Neuroscience. She worked for the SCN Lab for two years as a project manager. She is broadly interested in using neurophysiological measures such as ERPs to investigate various topics in the field of social neuroscience. Previous work includes ERP investigations of how prejudice and stereotyping are involved in shaping racial bias.

Lab Alumni

Who are they? Where are they now?
A number of former SCANlab members have gone on to interesting and prosperous lives elsewhere. We are proud to call them our lab alumni. (If you belong on this list but you’re not currently on it, send an email with your info and we’ll add you.)

  • Kira Bailey
  • Post-doc
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Chris Engelhardt
  • Graduate Student
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, School of Health Professions, Health Psychology, University of Missouri
  • Ward Davis
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Assistant Professor, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
  • Cheryl L. Dickter
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Associate Professor, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg , VA
  • Kimmy Fleming
  • Graduate Student
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Megan Fleming
  • Undergraduate Capstone Student
  • Research Technician, Curtin Addiction Research Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Erika Henry
  • Graduate student
  • Research Psychologist & Data Scientist, National Center for Quality Assurance, Washington, DC
  • Adrienne Heinz
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Research Scientist, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
  • Joseph Hilgard
  • Graduate Student
  • Drs. Gloria and Melvin “Jack” Chisum Research fellow, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
  • Geoffrey Kerr
  • Undergraduate honors student
  • Graduate student, Social psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Ozlem Korucuoglu
  • Post-doc
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Chris Loersch
  • Post-doc
  • Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Sarah Lust
  • Graduate student
  • Project coordinator, University of Connecticut
  • Sarah Mitchell
  • Project Manager
  • PhD student, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri
  • Stephanie Peak
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Graduate student, Psychology Department, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Tim Sannes
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Graduate student, Clinical Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Monica Schepers-Riordan
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Assistant Professor, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Marc Sestir
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Hendrix College, Conway, AR
  • Eunsam Shin
  • Post-doctoral fellow
  • Post-doctoral research associate, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
  • Elena Stepanova
  • Post-doctoral fellow
  • Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Ellie Stillwell
  • Project Manager
  • Graduate Student, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Eduardo Vasquez
  • Post-doctoral trainee
  • Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
  • Andrew Watrous
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Research assistant, Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab, UC-Davis (Cam Carter, PI)