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Nick Duran (Lab Director)


I’m an assistant professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences division of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU). I hold a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Memphis (NSF Graduate Fellow) and spent some time as a postdoc at the University of California, Merced (Cognitive and Information Sciences Department). At UC Merced I was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a research affiliate at the University College London. Fun. Download CV HERE and to check out my official ASU Directory page, click HERE.

Graduate Students (Current)

Jade Yonehiro

I am an M.S. student at Arizona State University (ASU) studying cognitive psychology. I completed my B.A. in psychology at ASU in fall of 2015, followed by a post-bac lab manager position at ASU in the spring and summer semesters. My research interests focus on understanding the relationship between cognitive processes and social interaction. I’m especially interested in how social interaction shapes the development of cognitive abilities. Ultimately, I plan to apply my research to the improvement of therapy and intervention strategies for individuals with social and attentional disorders (e.g., autism, attention deficit disorders, etc.). Check out my personal website (HERE) to learn more about my research, download my CV, and contact me!

John Hart

I am currently an MS student at the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences in the Applied Cognitive Dynamics and Communication (Dynamicog) lab at Arizona State University (ASU).  I received my BS in Psychology from Barrett, the Honors College at ASU, where I completed the thesis, Creativity as an Emergent Property of Neural System Dynamics as Demonstrated through Embodied Measures of Insight Problem Solving. Before returning to college to study cognitive science, I started and ran a Web design and development company, worked as a Webmaster for a major corporation, and worked as a data analyst.  I use the programming and analytical skills I learned in these professions when designing and analyzing my research.

My research interests involve higher cognitive functions like problem-solving, creativity, and analytical thought. I approach these topics from a perspective of complexity science – I am exploring how cognition can be understood in terms of nonlinear dynamics of self-organization of neural activity. I use a combination of computational modeling and nonlinear analyses of behavioral time series to explore these issues from both theoretical and experimental approaches. Personal Website:

Graduate Students (Former, Thesis Chair)

Chelsea Johnson, PhD student ASU (Human Systems Engineering)
Xiaochen Sun; Industry Position
J.P. Gonzales; PhD student at Miami University
Josh Maxwell; PhD student at University of New Mexico
Stacie Lafko; PhD student ASU (Human Systems Engineering)

Undergraduate Research Assistants (Current)

Tajinder Virdee
Ashley Mazur
Jordan Tarr
Autumn Syfritt
Bryan Putze

Undergraduate Research Assistants (Former)

Nilofar Ghulam Hazrat
Alliyah Beard
Ashlynn Pope
Amber Greelman
John Hart
Jade Yonehiro
Grace Petersen
Lydia Keppler
John (Joe) Fallucca
Miriam Goldman
Brian Ruben
Rebecca Bridges
Hannah Carter
Edward Hardiman
Brandon Weigand
Cecilia Hill
Joshua Fulkerson
Quinton Beck-White
Emmanuel Bonilla
Travis Borkenhagen
Trista Ironside
Regina Sayegh
Amanda Honwytewa

Faculty Collaborators

Rick Dale
Riccardo Fusaroli
Scott Crossley
Sidney D’Mello
Moreno Coco
Danielle McNamara
Daniel Richardson
Ashley Randall
Stephen Nicholson
Alexandra Paxton
Alexia Galati
Stephanie Borrie
Chris Street
Roger Kreuz
Chris Kello
Art Graesser