Lab Personnel

Primary Investigator

JennifeJennifer Talarico Psychologyr M. Talarico, Professor, Department of Psychology, Lafayette College [CV] (she/her)

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 Recent lab alumni

Erin McKenney ’20

Erin won the Herbert W. Rogers Prize, awarded to the “graduating senior(s) who is deemed outstanding by a vote of the Psychology Faculty.” She completed a thesis under my supervision but of her own design on how timing of accessibility to alternative communication devices in childhood influences well-being and subjective feelings of independence in adulthood among non-speaking individuals. Starting in the fall, she will be pursuing a PhD a clinical psychology at Rowan University.

Shanyin Yang ’20

Shanyin completed a thesis under my direction examining age-related in-group bias in emotional attribution to earn Honors in Psychology. She will begin a Master’s program in Applied Statistics and Psychometrics at Boston College in the Fall.

Marissa Bocchiaro ’20

A dual-degree student who earned a BS in Neuroscience and BA in Italian Studies minor, Marissa worked as an Excel Scholar with me (and Shasha) on a project examining social group membership and flashbulb memories. She intends to become a dentist.

Sasha Winston-Khan ’20

A Neuroscience major, Sasha collaborated with me (and Marissa) on the social group membership and flashbulb memories project as part of an Advanced Research project. She is currently looking for work as a research associate and/or lab manager in social/cognitive neuroscience labs before attending graduate school.

Jafar Bhatti ’19

Jafar won the William Rappolt ’67 and Walter Oechsle ’57 Neuroscience Prize, awarded to “outstanding senior(s) in Neuroscience based on scholarship in the classroom and laboratory, and service to the major, college or community.” He completed an independent study and thesis under my supervision, both focused on how the phrasing of questions influenced the recall of flashbulb memories. Jafar is currently a research associate at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the post-baccalaureate intramural research training award program. He intends to pursue medical school (and perhaps an MD/PhD program) in the future.

Zeyu Xue ’19

A BS Psychology major, Zeyu worked as a volunteer on a study of how inferential processing leads to both new knowledge and false memories. He is dedicated to a career as a research scientist.

Allison McHayle ’18

An Excel Scholar and BS Neuroscience major, Allison contributed to a study of how important life events shape the organization of autobiographical memory. She also worked at a peer tutor and teen mentor while at Lafayette. She plans to attend medical school after taking a gap year to work in New York city doing medical transcription.