Principal Investigator

Jarrod Lewis-Peacock


Department of Psychology

The University of Texas at Austin

"Born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin, I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison – Go Badgers! – where I studied Electrical Engineering (BS), Computer Science (MS), and Psychology (PhD). I then rolled my wagon east to New Jersey for a postdoctoral research fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at Princeton University – Go Tigers! Finally, I moseyed south to join the faculty in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin – Hook ‘em Horns! – where I lead a research lab that studies how we remember and why we forget. I am grateful to call Austin home, where I live with my wife and our menagerie of feral children and fantastic beasts."

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Elizabeth Lorenc

Ph.D. 2018, University of California, Berkeley

"My research focuses on understanding how the healthy brain maintains precise visual working memory representations, particularly through subsequent interference. In addition, I hope to understand what neural factors may underlie memory failures, and my current postdoctoral work seeks to establish whether interventions like real-time neurofeedback can be used to manipulate working memory and long-term memory outcomes."

Graduate Students

Hyojeong Kim

Psychology (6th year)

M.A. 2012, Yonsei University

“I’m interested in how cognitive control and working memory process impact the representation and/or organization of our memory. I am passionate about investigating the underlying mechanisms of how/why we memorize, forget or reshape the memory by examining our brain, which – I believe – reveals the hidden truth of our consciousness. In my free time, I am obsessed with handmade creations, such as crafts, paintings, birthday cards, food, and stuffed animals.”

Seth Koslov

Psychology (5th year)

B.A. 2012, The University of Texas at Austin

"I’m interested in studying the interface between working memory and cognitive control. During my graduate training, I’ve primarily studied strategies people use when performing prospective memory tasks (how we “remember to remember”), and how individuals adapt memory strategies in response to changes in ongoing environmental demands using a combination of eye-tracking, neuroimaging, and behavioral analyses. Outside of the lab, I can be found either playing/watching soccer, chasing my dogs, or sitting in a theatre audience."

Remington Mallett

Psychology (4th year)

B.S. 2016, University of Missouri at St. Louis Website

"I'm interested in how memories interact with perception. I also like to study lucid dreaming."

Augustin Hennings

Neuroscience (4th year), co-advised: Joey Dunsmoor

B.S. 2016, The College of William and Mary

"The broad goal of my Ph.D. is to leverage insights from episodic memory research to better understand emotional associative learning. My work focuses on fear extinction as an experimental model of exposure therapy. Decades of research and clinical accounts demonstrate that fear often returns after safety learning, and in extreme cases this can manifest as clinical disorders such as PTSD. My research applies modern cognitive neuroscience techniques such as MVPA and machine learning to better understand fear extinction in both healthy and clinical populations."

Allison Bruning

Psychology (3rd year)

B.S. 2017, Mississippi State University

"My work focuses on the interactions between working and long-term memory. Specifically, I am interested in how previous knowledge influences what we maintain in working memory, and how those representations can also influence the strength of the long-term memory representation."

Justin Kilmarx

Mechanical Engineering (2nd year), co-advised: James Sulzer

B.S. 2018, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

"Motor deficits, such as the ability to individuate finger movements, is a common impairment associated with stroke that often never reaches full recovery. Here, we use hyperalignment to create a neural template of ideal brain activity from healthy participants. Our goal is to use this template to guide recovery in a real-time fMRI neurofeedback experiment post-stroke."

Zachary Bretton

Neuroscience (1st year)

B.A. 2015, Boston University

"My interest is in exploring the role of our emotional state on our memory systems. Specifically, I am interested in the ways in which persistent mental illness can greatly affect our working memory capabilities and our ability to deal with the daily challenges of an information rich life."

Research Specialists

Sydney Fischer


UT Austin, Major: Neuroscience

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Christina Archer

UT Austin

Majors: Plan II, BME

Katrina Benjamin

UT Austin

Major: Psychology

Megan Brown

UT Austin

Major: Psychology


UT Austin

Major: Psychology

Lexi Epstein

UT Austin

Major: Psychology

Alec Fumuresca

UT Austin

Major: Psychology

Destiny Gonzales

UT Austin

Major: Psychology

Meghan Mallya

UT Austin

Major: Neuroscience

Anu Mummaneni

Westwood High School

Chau Phung

UT Austin

Major: Neuroscience

Maddie Wallace

UT Austin

Major: Psychology

Reece Walter

UT Austin

Majors: Psychology

Selected Alumni

Katlyn Hedgpeth

B.S. (2017), Lab Manager (2018-20)

Now: Technical Analyst, Indeed

Stephanie Jeanneret

B.S. (2019)

Now: Postbac RA, University of Geneva

Shellie Stewart

B.S. (2018), Lab Manager (2013-18)

Now: Ph.D. Student, Florida State

Arjun Mukerji

Postbac RA (2013-14)

Now: Ph.D. Student, UC Berkeley

Ethan Oblak

Ph.D. (2019)

Now: Postdoc, RIKEN Brain Science Inst

Bettina Bustos

B.S. (2018)

Now: Lab Manager, Kool Lab, WUSTL

Ellen Crowe

B.S. (2017), Lab Manager (2015-17)

Now: M.D. Student, McGovern

Katerina Placek

Lab Manager (2013)

Now: Ph.D. Student, U Penn

Tracy Wang

Postdoc (2014-19)

Now: TBD

Allison Berman

M.S. (2018)

Now: Software Engineer, Google

Mark Hollenbeck

M.S. (2016)

Now: Software Engineer, Blackfynn