Sandrine Girard is a third year graduate student in the Thiessen lab. Her research investigates the neural processes that support our ability to detect predictive relations among elements of the input, especially in relation to language development. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2014 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. In her free time, Sandrine enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, doing yoga, and running.
Cassie is a first year graduate student in the Thiessen lab. Her research investigates the role attention plays in the acquisition of new knowledge and thecorresponding brain-behavior associations. In particular, she focuses on how children obtain information from various multimedia sources. She graduated from Penn State in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience.After, she completed a 1-year research fellowship at Virginia Tech. In her free time, Cassie works out.
Kristen holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from McGill University as well as a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Ottawa. She has experience teaching Pre-Kindergarten, French as Second Language, and music. She enjoys doing yoga, baking, learning languages, and traveling.
Alia Friedman is a freshman Neuroscience major at CMU. She grew up in Philadelphia but has fallen in love with Pittsburgh. She loves children, wants to be a pediatrician, and is fascinated by language acquisition. When not in the lab she enjoys reading and has a passion for history.
Amanda Thiele is a senior pre-med Cognitive Neuroscience major. She hopes to one day become an OB/GYN and has always been interested in how infants learn and develop. She is a part of the Women's volleyball team and in her spare time loves to read, watch movies, and explore Pittsburgh’s amazing restaurant options.
Anjie Cao is a conitive science major. She is from Beijing, China. She used to want to be a whale when she grows up but sadly Beijing doesn’t have a beach so she switched her dream into being a scientist. Her favorite things include humans and hummus but she prefers humans because they acquire languages. In her spare time, she loves to consume and produce written language. And also food.
Alyssa is a junior neurobiology and psychology double major with a minor in French. She joined the lab because of her interest in how children with developmental disorders learn language. In her spare time, Alyssa likes to guzzle coffee, watch documentaries, and fiercely cheer for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Rissa Lee is a junior Cognitive Science Major and Creative Writing Minor. Having grown up in a household that spoke two languages, she is interested in bilingualism and the effect that early multiple language exposure has on children. Rissa's hobbies include reading, morning crosswords, playing piano, and brewing strong coffee.
Alice Zheng is a sophomore pre-med Cognitive Science major. She has always enjoyed working with children, and joined the lab in hopes of learning more about their development. When not in the lab, Alice likes to listen to music, hike, draw, and play with dogs.
Hyunji is a junior Cognitive Science major at Carnegie Mellon University. She is primarily interested in cognitive visual processing, human perception, and language development as mechanisms that shape our interactions with our environment. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, traveling, and trying new foods.
Amy Lin is a senior studying Art and Psychology in the BXA program at CMU. She is originally from Dallas, and she enjoys hiking and going to museums in her free time. She plans on becoming an elementary art teacher in the future.
Ruchira Ragavan is a student of Masters program in Applied Development Psychology. She wants to explore how language acquisition occurs in preterm infants and infants at risk of developmental issues. In her
leisure time when she isn’t trying to solve environmental problems, she loves science fiction, music, plays with children and is a voracious reader.