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Matthew Wisniewski

Assistant Professor

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.

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Alexandria Zakrzewski

Research Assistant Professor

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. 

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CJ Joyner

Graduate Student

I’m a third year graduate student in the Cognitive Psychology program. I am currently studying under Dr. Wisniewski looking into auditory perception using the EEG system. I am interested in effects on  auditory stimuli and auditory perceptual learning after multimodal training and how these plastic changes in the brain may relate to learning mechanisms. My future plans include continuing research in multimodal training effects on auditory perception, and eventually becoming a professor of Psychology.

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Michael Tollefsrud

Graduate Student

Michael is a second-year student in the Cognitive Psychology graduate program with general research interests in perception and emotion. Michael is currently working with Dr. Wisniewski on a novel pitch matching task and plans to continue working in perception research after getting his degree.

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Lexy Anguiano

Undergraduate Research Assistant

I am a psychology major here at K-State. I am very interested in abnormal psychology- specifically cognitive disorders. After graduation I plan to join the Air Force, where I will pursue the position of a therapist. My ultimate goal is to be a psychiatrist in the military, specializing in therapy for veterans.

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Destiny Bell

EEG Core Graduate Research Assistant

I'm a fourth year graduate student in the cognitive psychology program. I assist Dr. Wisniewski with data processing and analyses for his laboratory. I also help undergraduates in his lab do data processing and data collection. I primarily study how people use strategies keep information in memory while doing secondary tasks. I am interested in neural signatures associated with learning and memory failures. 

I became interested in EEG research four years ago when I realized how EEG is used to measure underlying processes in the brain. We can see a person fail to remember information, but what is going on in their brain when that failure occurs? These are the questions my research line aims to uncover.

Former Members

Anna Turco

Undergraduate Research Assistant, May 2022

Graduate Student in Work & Organizational Psychology

John Pagen

Undergraduate Research Assistant, May 2022

Applying to Clinical Psychology programs for Fall of 2024

Jenny Amerin

Undergraduate Research Assistant, May 2022

Masters Student in Couple & Family Therapy Program

Raelynn Slipke

Undergraduate Research Assistant, May 2022

Case Manager at Rediscover Mental Health Nonprofit

Applying to Marriage & Family Program for Fall of 2023

Lexy Anguiano

Undergraduate Research Assistant, December 2021

Behavioral Therapist in California

Applying to Clinical Neuropsychology programs for Fall 2023

Molly Killilea

Undergraduate Research Assistant, December 2021

Master's Student in Speech-Language Pathology Program at Saint Mary's College

Michelle Wheeler

Undergraduate Research Assistant, May 2021

Masters Student in Human Resources Program

Frances Guffy

Undergraduate Research Assistant, December 2020

Enrollment Department at Baker University

Kayla Cossins

Undergraduate Research Assistant, December 2020

Master's Student of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Bailey Herring

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Shay Quigley

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Therapist at Florence Crittenton Services (Topeka, KS)

Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Emporia State University

Emma Harmon

Undergraduate Research Assistant