Dr. Khena Marie Iyer Swallow

Khena is an assistant professor of psychology at Cornell University, she received her Ph.D from the Washington University in St. Louis. Her research uses behavioral, neuroimaging, and eye-tracking methods to examine how changes in events structure our knowledge of the world and influence ongoing cognitive and perceptual processes.

Graduate Students

Adam Broitman uses a combination of behavioral, quantitative modeling, and EEG techniques to explore how attentional processes during learning influence the organization and retrieval of memories. He received his B.A. in psychology and French from the University of Rochester in 2014. Prior to joining the AMP lab, he held research positions in the Computational Memory Lab at the University of Pennsylvania and on the Cognitive Science Team at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center. In his free time he enjoys playing guitar, singing, and other types of noise pollution.

Gandalf (Bohan) Li has research interests in: Time perception; attention; network theory; human-centered design; video game design; everything Tolkien.
Roy Moyal studies the time course of visual object perception using a combination of EEG, machine learning, and computational modeling, under the supervision of Dr. Shimon Edelman. He received his B.Sc. in Computer Science and Psychology from Tel Aviv University, Israel. He’s interested in the neural correlates of sensory awareness and in the mechanisms whereby attentional and predictive processes influence visual thalamocortical dynamics. When in the lab, he plays guitar, bass, and drums (after hours, of course).
Karen Sasmita is interested in how attentional fluctuations over time influence and are influenced by memory. Specifically, could variations in attentional state over time reflect a strategic bias in allocating more attentional resources to moments with the highest probability of information occurrence? Could this variation then indicate an attempt to maximise encoding of behaviourally relevant information? And how is his fluctuation in attentional state represented in hippocampal neural representations?
Hamid Turker graduated from Leiden University with a M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience. Hamid's research interests include: how attention, reinforcement, and memory interact to shape learning, as well as how resultant episodic memories are actively involved in other aspects of cognition. To do so, he makes use of behavioral data, neuroimaging, computational modeling, and eye-tracking. Since 2017, he is the assistant curator of the Wilder Brain Collection. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar.


Ami Agrawal is a junior Mechanical Engineering major. Her research interests include the attentional boost effect, prosthetics, and neuroimaging. Outside of the lab, she can be found exploring Ithaca, reading, or figuring out how to make concrete float.
Catherine Coughlin is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a Biological Sciences major concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior. Her research interests include how culture and other factors influence memory. She is also interested in memory impairments and methods of treatment and rehabilitation. Some of her hobbies include writing, running, and music.
Deanna Earle is a junior majoring in Animal Science. Her research interests include how attention is impacted in those with developmental disorders and brain injuries in addition to how the lab’s findings of the attentional boost effect relates to these populations. Her hobbies include running, playing tennis, and reading.
Pallavi Kenkare is a sophomore majoring in Biology & Society, with a minor in Law & Ethics. Her research interests include the effects of multitasking on memory and attention. Her hobbies are reading, painting, and playing tennis.
Ariella Ratner
Xing Su is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a double major in Psychology and Economics. Her research interests include how culture and social factors influence attention and perception. Her hobbies include reading, drawing, and experimenting with makeup.
Siddharth Venkatesh is a sophomore biology major in Arts and Sciences. His research interests include using neuroimaging and eye-tracking technology to track event perception and the attentional boost effect, and how those images can be used for clinical treatment of neural conditions. Siddharth's hobbies inlcude: reading, watching action movies, and boxing

Past Team Members

Stav Atir is currently working on her Ph.D in psychology with Dr. Melissa Ferguson’s Automaticity lab. Stav’s research interests include: self-control, overconfidence, self and other. She likes good coffee and cryptic crosswords.
Daniela Baca Guitierrez is a graduate of the Panamerican University in Mexico City and was a member of the AMP lab in 2014. While apart of the AMP lab Daniela participated on a project involving the interaction of memory and attention during multitasking. She currently works as a kindergarten teacher in Mexico City and is hoping to do her masters degree next year, but not before traveling around the world studying gastronomy.
Katrina Bamba graduated in 2017 with a degree in Human Biology, Health and Society. She worked as a research assistant with Dr.Swallow for the last two years of her undergraduate career. Currently, she is pursing a Master degree in Health Administration at the Sloan Program at Cornell University and hopes to later work in a hospital setting.
Dina Busaba is a senior Psychology major concentrating in Biopsychology. Her research interests include neuroimaging, visual and perceptual learning, and neural compensation based on attention, perception, and memory. Outside of the lab, Dina enjoys traveling, experimenting with makeup, and looking longingly at cats.
Judy Chen is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests include attentional effects on information processing and language learning. Her hobbies include jogging, baking, and drawing.
Aaron Earle-Richardson is a junior Bioengineering major in CALS minoring in biomedical engineering and neurobiology. His research interests include using information theory, data science, and statistics to map systems of learning and memory in the brain. Aaron’s hobbies include tennis, board games, hiking with dogs, and choral singing.
Mariel Emrich is a Senior studying Human Development. Her research interests include studying different ways to increase attention and subsequent memory, and how that is manifested in the brain using EEG and fMRI technology. Additionally, she is interested in how attention and memory are impaired in clinical populations and how these impairments can be minimized or eliminated.
Clara Freeman graduated in 2016.
Sosna Gellaw is a sophomore studying Biology and Society in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests include the effects of multitasking on attention and memory. Her hobbies include exploring new places around town, volunteering, and watching basketball.
Jovan Kemp graduated in 2017.
Patrick (Tae-Young) Kim graduated in 2016.
Allyson LaRosa graduated in 2017.
Clara Lee is a senior in Arts and Sciences pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. Her interests include neuroimaging research techniques in the field and the integration of technological advancement within patient treatment. Outside the lab, her hobbies mainly involve creative expression, especially through painting, writing, and music.
Kimberly Lee graduated in 2017 with a degree in Psychology and Information Science with minors in French and Business. Since graduating and leaving the AMP Lab, she has begun studying at Cornell Law School as a Juris Doctor candidate. While she finds legal studies fascinating, she hopes to one day return to academia in a research capacity.
Danny Lin graduated in 2016.
Logan Lin graduated in 2017.
Sichun Liu graduated from Cornell University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology. She worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the AMP lab during her sophomore year directly under the supervision of Professor Swallow. She is currently working at Cornerstone Research, an economic consulting firm, as an analyst to provide financial and economic analysis for commercial litigation matters.
Alyssa Phelps joined the AMP lab as a research assistant in the summer of 2016 and worked with Dr. Swallow and graduate student Hamid Turker to produce an honors thesis titled “Attentional Boost Effect in the Hippocampus.” She graduated with honors from Cornell in 2017 and is working at the Boston University CTE Center to gain more clinical research experience before applying to graduate school.
Bella Poulos is a Senior in the college of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests include attention, neurophysiology, memory, effects of physiology on brain functioning, and clinical research. Her hobbies include fly fishing, tying flies, swimming, collecting/identifying/drying wildflowers, ceramics, hanging out with her rabbit (Calypso).
Nicolas Ramos received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cornell in 2015. After graduation, he worked for two years in a cognitive neuroscience laboratory at the University of Miami examining cognitive performance and mindfulness training. Nicolas is currently a first-year MBA student at the University of Florida concentrating in marketing, and will be interning with The Coca-Cola Company in the Summer of 2018.
Haylee Schwartz is a Senior studying Human Development with a minor in Health Policy. Her research interests include how our studies on the attentional boost effect are related to various disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Some of her hobbies are coloring, painting, and bike riding.
Santiago Roa Sierra Graduated in 2015.
Hyong Sop Shin graduated in 2017.
Tu Tu graduated in 2017.