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Principal Investigator

Valerie Carr, PhD


Valerie earned a BS in Biological Psychology from the College of William and Mary and a PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA. As a PhD student and later as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, Valerie used structural and functional MRI to investigate the neural basis of episodic memory in both younger and older adults. As an Associate Professor at SJSU, Valerie's goal is to leverage her cognitive neuroscience background to elucidate strategies for improving brain health, memory, and executive function across the lifespan. She teaches courses relating to neuroscience, learning and memory, and computer programming. Regarding the latter, she is actively involved in pedagogical research examining optimal strategies for teaching interdisciplinary computing. 


valerie.carr at

Graduate Students

Berenice Ayala Ramirez, BA

Berenice earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from CSU Stanislaus, where she conducted visual perception research. She is currently a graduate student in the Research and Experimental Psychology program, where she is exploring the effects of ASMR on memory consolidation.

berenice.ayalaramirez at 


Carlos Lazarte, BA

Carlos graduated with a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley, where he studied decision making in children. After graduating he gained additional experience at Stanford conducting research on brain differences in PTSD. He is currently developing his thesis proposal, which relates to potential differences in episodic memory performance across individuals who engage in different forms of exercise .

carlos.lazarte at 

Victoria Paoloni, BA

Victoria earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University where her senior thesis focused on time perspective. She is currently working towards a Master's degree in Research and Experimental Psychology where her thesis relates to the relationship between individual differences in susceptibility to false memories and differences in aerobic fitness.

victoria.paoloni at 

Dewey Tran, BA

Dewey graduated from UC Merced where he majored in Psychology and minored in Cognitive Science, and afterwards worked as full-time Homeless Youth Counselor and research assistant at CSU Monterey Bay. His thesis examines the relationship between depression symptoms, rumination, and working memory performance.

dewey.tran at 

Research assistants


Simran Dulku

Simran is a second-year undergraduate Psychology student interested in developmental, social, and biological psychology. She currently works as a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) and is interested in pursuing a career in business or education, specifically working with children.

simran.dulku at 

Stephanie Menjivar Quijano, BA

Stephanie is a graduate student in the Research and Experimental program working with both CLIMB and Dr. Cary Feria's Vision Laboratory. Stephanie is leading a study that investigates the effects of caffeine on false memory, and she is also developing her thesis project pertaining to the emotional attentional blink. 

stephanie.menjivarquijano at 


Ulises Quintero, BS

Ulises graduated from UC Davis where his research focused on aging and language processing. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Research and Experimental Psychology and is investigating sociolinguistic perceptions based on who we see speaking. As a CLIMB member, he is exploring the relationship between aerobic fitness and false memory.

ulises.quintero at 


Ria Ramani

Ria is a fourth year undergraduate Psychology student. She is passionate about the human mind and is interested in pursuing either healthcare or business and applying her knowledge of psychology to these fields. 

ria.ramani at 

Lab alumni

Graduate Students

David Amy, MA

Chalise Carlson, MA

Hyong Woo (Alex) Hahm, MA

Nicole Henderson, MA

Madison Morocco, MA

Matthew Reynolds, MA

Research Assistants

Santiago Alba

Niyathi Annamaneni

Natalie Belen

Grace Butler

Ashley Cabrera

Liliana Cuenca

Shannon Desmangles

Stephanie Do

Crystal Fausett

Jose Garcia

Tanya George

Lluvia Gonzalez

David Han

Nicole Huffman

Shruthi Kamath

Ramen Kanda

Gurroop Khalsa

Lucy Khuu

Angelica Martinez

Manny Narwal

Elizabeth Nash

Meher Pahwa

Michael Ricasa

Alondra Ruiz

Kristi Sadler

Dario Sarmiento

Eldita Tarani

Lynna Tu

Case Van Der Berg

Rachel Windsor

Jason Zamorano

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