Auditory learning has fascinated me for a long time. Before pursuing science, I had spent years trying to learn the skills necessary to become a sound engineer/musician. As my attempts began to fail, I became more and more curious of how experiences impact auditory skills. I received my Ph.D. in the Neural and Cognitive Plasticity lab at SUNY Buffalo while conducting research on this question. Afterwards, I did a postdoc at in the Battlespace Acoustics Branch of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in which I incorporated EEG methods into Air Force relevant auditory cognition studies. Over the years, I have developed an inter-disciplinary research program on auditory learning and cognition that employs a variety of methods with collaborators in multiple scientific disciplines (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, Engineering, Audiology). In August of 2018, this research program moved to K-State.
While in college, I became preoccupied with problems related to "how we know we know and do not know", i.e., metacognition ("cognition about cognition"). In graduate school at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), I studied metacognition from a comparative perspective, testing uncertainty monitoring in humans and rhesus macaques. I did my postdoctoral work at the University of Richmond, exploring effects of aging on metacognitive ability. Recently, I have focused on how individuals’ confidence judgments predict performance accuracy during psychophysical discrimination and memory tasks as well as exploring neural correlates of confidence using EEG. In the ALC lab at K-State, I continue this work by examining effects of learning on metacognitive ability.
Kelsey is a sophomore in Psychology, focusing in Cognitive Psychology. She plans to attend Graduate school and hopes to get her PhD, with goals to be a professor and do her own research. Right now, she is interested in how to use EEGs to help individuals with Autism get the best teaching.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
I am double majoring in Sociology and Psychology with hopes to be a counselor or a therapist in helping people cope with anything from anxiety/depression to family struggles to obsessive compulsion. I have particular interest in drug/alcohol addiction and finding special treatments that are effective for the individual, and also looking at substance use trends on a societal scale. I am very excited to be a part of this lab and to gain experience in research with human subjects, especially with using the EEG to observe brain activity because I very well could be using this in looking at the individual's neural response to treatment in exposure therapy.