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.
Michelle is studying Psychology, with a real passion for EEG work. She is unsure of her future plans as of now, but likes the idea of going to school for either Cognitive or Clinical Psychology
Undergraduate Research Assistant
EEG Core Graduate Research Assistant
I'm a second 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.