Our lab takes a problem-centered focus to research questions of the representations and processes that underlie cognition. We combine a wide range of experimental methods – computational modeling, behavioral studies and brain-imaging techniques (e.g., fMRI, ERP/EEGs, tDCS) – and study a variety of populations – unimpaired undergraduate, individuals with developmental differences like congenital deafness or blindness, those with cognitive impairments following brain damage – all with the goal of understanding human capacities for language and memory. Below are several ongoing projects in the lab.
Current Lab Members
Simon Fischer-Baum. Dr. Fischer-Baum is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. His research is focused on the representations and processes that underlie written and spoken language processing and short term memory, how they relate to each other, how they are instantiated neurally, and how they can be impaired and/or cortically reorganize following brain damage.
Aurora Ramos-Nunez. Dr. Ramos-Nunez is a research scientist in the Neuroplasticity Lab. She received her PhD in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience from University of Houston in 2015. Her research focuses on functional neuroimaging of the language system and brain connectivity with a particular interest in language, bilingualism and cognitive control.
Colin Noe. Colin is a 3rd year graduate student in the Fischer-Baum Lab. He received a B.S. in Biology from Texas A&M in 2011, with minors in math and philosophy. He uses EEG/ERP methods to test cognitive theories of spoken language perception and memory.
Yingxue Tian. Yingxue is a 3rd year graduate student in the Fischer-Baum Lab. She received a B.S. in Statistics from the Beijing Institute of Technology in 2013. Her research focuses on short-term memory for serial order, using both neuropsychological and individual differences methods.
Mingjun Zhai. Mingjun is a 1st year graduate student in the Fischer-Baum Lab. She received a B.S. in Statistics from the University of Hong Kong in 2011 and an M.S. in Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014. Her research involves investigating the relationship between perceiving and producing Chinese characters.
Sarah Irons. Sarah is a 1st year graduate student in the Fischer-Baum Lab. She received a B.S. in Biology and B.A.s in Sociology and Psychology from Centenary College of Louisiana in 2016. Her research is in the arena of computational cognitive neuropsychology; testing computational models of spoken production against the pattern of errors produced by individuals with aphasia.
Giulia Campana. Giulia is the lab manager of the Fischer-Baum lab. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Rice University in 2016.
Former Lab Members
David Kajander. David was lab manager from 2013-2015. He graduated from Wash U. in 2011 and is currently a graduate student in Cognitive Psychology at UMass Amherst, in the Language, Intersensory Perception & Speech Lab.
Rachel Mis. Rachel was lab manager from 2015-2016. She graduated from Rice in 2009 and is currently a graduate student in Clinical Psychology at Temple University in the Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab.