The Cognition and Action Neuroimaging Laboratory
My research program centers around the idea that direct, physical interactions with the environment changes the brain processing that underlies learning, and is important for the acquisition of many cognitive skills. To study this brain-behavior interaction, I use psychophysical methods and use functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) as a tool to assess brain plasticity as a result of certain experiences. Because I am interested in how we initially learn, many of my studies are centered upon very young children. Understanding early experiences is the key to understanding how we function as adults.
I am a member of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, where my areas of specialty are Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Developmental Psychology. I am also a member of the Program in Neuroscience and the Cognitive Science Program.
Courses Regularly Taught Include:
Cognitive Neuroscience (P349)
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (P410)
Developmental Psychology (P315)
Human Neuropsychology (P423)
Dr. Karin Harman James, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Areas of specialization:
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Developmental Psychology
Office: (812) 856-0659: Psychology Bldg Rm 154
Lab: (812) 856-7237: Psychology Bldg Rm A104
Fax: (812) 855-4691
Shelley Swain is the CANLab research manager. She graduated from Queen's University in 2005 with a master's degree in Psychology. She is responsible for all aspects of running research studies in the lab. She is also the mother of two young children and loves to spend time with her fun and fabulous family.
Dan Plebanek is a third-year doctoral student concentrating in developmental psychology. Broadly, he is interested in how attention develops throughout early childhood and how basic attentional mechanisms support learning. Currently, he is interested how object variability affects category learning, as well as brain mechanisms involved in the formation of categories.
Anna Zhen is a second-year doctoral student concentrating in cognitive neuroscience. She is interested in multisensory integration via gestures in speech perception and production. She is currently researching the extent that performing gestures can help learners to quickly and accurately perceive and produce vowels and words in a language.
HONOR'S THESIS STUDENTS
Madison Lee is a senior from Greenfield, IN majoring in neuroscience and psychology. This past summer she worked with autistic children using ABA therapy. She is also an active volunteer member for RFKC, an organization that supports abused and abandoned children. She plans to attend graduate school and one day become a professor in the field of neuroscience. Her honor's thesis work will examine brain mechanisms involved in handwriting.
Emily Merritt is a senior from Lebanon, IN. She is majoring in neuroscience with minors in chemistry and Spanish. Emily is also involved in the premedical fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon and IU’s chapter of Global Medical Brigades and loves to read and run in her spare time. After graduation, Emily plans to attend medical school and pursue emergency medicine or trauma surgery. Her honor's thesis work will examine handwriting in adults.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Annie Abioye is a freshman from Munster IN majoring in neuroscience with minors in psychology and chemistry. She is chair of the Wells Quad STEM Thematic Community Council at IU, and spent the last summer tutoring preschool kids. After graduation she plans on attending medical school. She assists Dan with fMRI research studies in the lab.
Katie Edel is a sophomore from Greenwood, IN and is majoring in neuroscience with minors in psychology and chemistry. She is involved with Global Medical Brigades on campus and is taking courses to become an Emergency Medical Technician. Katie plans on attending either graduate school or medical school in the future. She assists Anna with adult studies of gesture perception and production.
Carly Godshalk is a junior from Schererville, Indiana. She is majoring in neuroscience, with a minor in psychology. She is an undergraduate teaching assistant for genetics. During the summer she is a camp counselor, working with children ages 3 to 7. After graduation, she plans on attending medical school. She assists Dan with fMRI research studies in the lab.
Tahlia Korin is a senior from Indianapolis, IN. She is majoring in neuroscience and
minoring in psychology and Jewish studies. She was a volunteer EMT abroad and hopes to continue working as an EMT this summer in Indianapolis. She volunteers at Girls Inc. and co-hosts a radio show on the IU student radio. After graduating from IU she plans to attend medical school. She assists Anna with adult studies of gesture perception and production.
Julia Lambert is a senior from Downers Grove, IL majoring in neuroscience with minors in chemistry and psychology. She is on the pre-med track. Julia is involved in Phi Delta Epsilon premedical fraternity and enjoys listening to and playing music in her free time. After graduation, she plans on attending medical school or graduate school to further her studies in neuroscience. She assists Dan with fMRI research studies in the lab.
Hannah Marotta is a senior from Rocky River, OH, majoring in neuroscience and philosophy and on the pre-med track. She is also on the IU Redsteppers Dance Team. After graduation, she hopes to to attend medical school to become a neurologist specializing in cognitive and behavioral disorders. She assists Shelley with child behavioral research studies in the lab.
Victoria Ross is a junior from Saint John, IN, majoring in neuroscience and biology and minoring in chemistry and psychology. She is an executive in the Hutton First Generation Leaders Association and volunteers at Middle Way House. After graduating, she hopes to attend medical school and become a psychiatrist. In the lab, she assists She assists Shelley with child behavioral research studies in the lab.
Mia Trueblood is from Bloomington, IN and majoring in neuroscience and psychology with minors in business and medical sciences. She is involved with Phi Delta Epsilon, the pre medical fraternity, and IU Run Club. After graduation, she plans on attending medical school to become a forensic pathologist. She assists Anna with adults studies of gesture perception and production.
Lauren Wilkins is a sophomore from Wellington, FL. She is majoring in Psychology and Animal Behavior with a Neuroscience Certificate. She is on the IU Redsteppers Dance Team and also a Hutton Honors Student and a Founders Scholar. During the summer, she works as a camp counselor for kids ages 5-12. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school to pursue a PhD. She assists Dan with fMRI research studies in the lab.
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Virginia Berninger - University of Washington
Isabel Gauthier - Vanderbilt University
Susan Goldin-Meadow - University of Chicago
Melvyn Goodale - University of Western Ontario
Thomas James - Indiana University
Gael Jobard - Universite de Bordeaux, France
Susan Jones - Indiana University
Linda Smith - Indiana University
Alan C-N Wong - Vanderbilt University
Sophia Vinci-Booher (PhD., 2019)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Indiana University
Felipe Munoz (PhD., 2017)
Austral University of Chile
Lisa Byrge (PhD, 2015)
Post Doctoral Fellow, Indiana University
R. Joanne Jao (PhD, 2015)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, San Diego State University
Julia Li (PhD, 2015)
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Sandra Street (Post-doctoral Student, 2013)
Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Elizabeth Wakefield (Ph.D., 2013)
Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Meagan Yee (Ph.D., 2012)
Adjunct Professor, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
Andrew Butler (Ph.D., 2011)
Assistant Professor, Valparaiso University
Angie Huh (Master’s degree, 2010)
Courtney DelaCuesta (Honor's Thesis, 2018)
Neha Sehgal (Honors Thesis, 2017)
Medical Student, Marian University
Allison Grace (Honors Thesis, 2016)
Graduate Student, University of Chicago
Debby Zemlock, (Honors Thesis, 2016)
Research Assistant, Northwestern University
Aesha Maniar (Honor Thesis, 2015)
MD, University of Cincinnati
Arianna Gutierrez (Honors Thesis, 2014)
Melissa Beringer (Honors Thesis, 2013)
Alyssa Kersey (Honors Thesis, 2013)
PhD., University of Rochester
Laura Engelhardt (Honors Thesis, 2011)
PhD., University of Texas - Austin
Bennis Pavisian (Honors Thesis, 2011)
Paroma Bose (Undergraduate/Lab Manager, 2011)
MD, Indiana University
Lisa Huang (Honors Thesis, 2010)
Christin Neary (Honors Thesis, 2010)
Isak Allen (Honors Thesis, 2009)
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