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 functional MRI to investigate the neural basis of episodic memory in both younger and older adults. As an Assistant Professor at SJSU, Valerie's goal is to leverage her cognitive neuroscience background to elucidate strategies for improving brain health and episodic memory across the lifespan. She teaches courses relating to neuroscience, learning and memory, and computer programming for social scientists. 


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Graduate Students

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 

Matthew Reynolds, BA

Matt earned a BA in Psychology from CSU Chico and is currently working towards a Master's degree in Research and Experimental Psychology. Matt's background includes studies of priming and sympathetic arousal in different personality types. His thesis work involves an examination of the beneficial effects of exercise on symptoms of ADHD and on cognitive control and working memory.

mreynolds08 at 

Hyong Woo (Alex) Hahm, BS

Alex attended UCSD where he majored in Psychology and assisted with studies of visual perception and Autism Spectrum Disorder. After graduating, Alex worked in the ABA field and conducted research involving emotion regulation and motivation.  As a new grad student here at SJSU, he is narrowing down his thesis topic but is interested in the relationship between affect and memory.

hyongwoo.hahm at 

Research assistants

Ashley Cabrera

Ashley is a Biology major whose interest in neuroscience drew her to CLIMB. She currently assists with data collection and analysis for a study relating to physical fitness and false memory in young adults.

ashley.cabrera at 

Lluvia Gonzalez

Lluvia is a Psychology major minoring in Applied Computing for Behavioral and Social Sciences. She is interested in applying her knowledge of Python and R to stimulus presentation, data analysis, and data visualization. She is currently running a study investigating the effects of caffeine on true and false memory in young adults. at 

David Han

David is a long-distance runner and is interested in the effects of aerobic exercise on memory in young adults. David divides his time investigating this question as a member of CLIMB and serving as a research assistant in Dr Chancellor-Freeland's International Neuroeconomics Institute at SJSU.

davidhan221 at 

Manny Narwal

Manny is a second year Psychology student who aims to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology after graduating. He is interested in gaining research experience to better prepare him for graduate work, to which end he currently assists with a study investigating the relationship between aerobic fitness and susceptibility to false memories in young adults.

mannyman423 at 

Kristi Sadler, BS

Kristi is a graduate student in the Master's program in Research and Experimental Psychology. She also earned her BS here at SJSU where she conducted a senior honors thesis reviewing the effects of cannabinoids on neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. As a member of CLIMB, Kristi is interested in understanding whether regular cannabis users are more susceptible to false memories than non-users.

kristi.sadler at

Lynna Tu

Lynna is a second year Psychology major interested in gaining more experience with neuroscience research. She currently assists with a study investigating the effect of caffeine on true and false memory, and is actively expanding her data analysis skills by taking Python courses.

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Rachel Windsor, BA

Rachel graduated from SJSU with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Business, and is currently a graduate student in SJSU's Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. She is interested in applying her knowledge of statistics and computer programming to analysis and visualization of psychology data. As a member of CLIMB, Rachel assists with a study investigating the effects of wakeful rest on associative memory.

rachelsjm at

Jason Zamorano

Jason is a Psychology major interested in the neural correlates of memory, decision making, and executive function. He has previously volunteered in the Stanford Psychophysiology Lab, and as a member of CLIMB, he currently assists with a project examining the relationship between aerobic exercise and false memory in young adults.

mrjasonzamorano at

Lab alumni

Graduate Students

David Amy, MA

Chalise Carlson, MA

Nicole Henderson, MA

Research Assistants

Santiago Alba

Liliana Cuenca

Jose Garcia

Ramen Kanda

Gurroop Khalsa

Lucy Khuu

Elizabeth Nash

Meher Pahwa

Dario Sarmiento

© 2018 by Valerie Carr