Who we are

ParkJoonkoo Park, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator)
Joonkoo (many call him Joon) is an Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Commonwealth Honors College Faculty at UMass. He is generally very curious about what is it that makes us humans, in particular the emergence of uniquely human thinking. Most of his research (http://joonkoo.org) lately is focused on using behavioral and neuroscientific tools to investigate the cognitive and behavioral underpinnings of our numerical concepts.
BrieBrianna Chamberlain
Brie is a Psychology major (Neuroscience track) following a pre-med track to graduate in 2020. Brie hopes to one day attend medical school to hopefully become a psychiatrist. When she isn’t at school she enjoys exercising and being a counselor at her local YMCA summer camp.
BrynnBrynn Boutin
Brynn is the Lab Coordinator who has recently graduated from UMass with a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. She hopes to eventually go on to graduate school for a Masters degree as a Physician Assistant. Brynn’s interests lie in the pediatrics specialty and all things kids! She is especially interested in child development and how children develop awareness of themselves and others. She enjoys cooking, exercising, and playing music in her spare time.
CamrynCamryn Boutin
Camryn is a junior psychology major here at UMass. She plans on attending a physician assistant graduate program and wants to specialize in general surgery. In her free time she enjoys playing frisbee and working with children.
GuerreroDiego Guerrero
Diego is a Fulbright Scholar and Ph.D. student in the Developmental Science Program. He is interested in the relationship between internal numerical representations and symbolic representations of number, using behavioral and neuroimaging measures.
JakeJake Fahy
Jake is a psychology major in the class of 2020. He is a member of Commonwealth Honors College and likes taking classes in both psychology and health science disciplines. After graduating from UMass, Jake hopes to attend a graduate program in nursing. In his spare time, he enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.
JihyunJihyun Hwang
Jihyun is a Ph.D. student in the Developmental Science Program. Her overarching research question focuses on the process of concept formation. She is particularly interested in studying numerical cognition during infancy and childhood. Her current research topic is in the linguistic influence on human mathematical skills and at which stage children acquire the mastery of hierarchical structure of the numeral system. In her free time, she likes to cook with friends and do some activities such as drawing paintings and museum tours.
MicheleMichele Fornaciai, Ph.D.
Michele is a post-doctoral research associate at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. He is mostly interested in how the brain processes numerical and temporal information, how mechanisms for numerosity and time perception interact, and what the neural underpinnings of “magnitudes” processing are.
NicoleNicole Ayres
Nicole is an honors student who is double majoring in Biology and Psychology (Neuroscience track) with a minor in Spanish. As a pre-med student, Nicole hopes to one day attend medical school and specialize in neurosurgery. She enjoys working as an EMT-B and playing for the women’s club lacrosse team in her spare time.
OliviaOlivia Comeau
Olivia is a Psychology major on the neuroscience track in the class of 2020 with minors in Biology and Linguistics. She is a member of the Commonwealth Honors College and is on the pre-med track. After undergrad, Olivia hopes to attend medical school or graduate school to continue to pursue her interest in neuroscience. In her free time, she likes to run and play tennis.
SamiSami Waterhouse
Sami is a Junior Psychology major with a specialization in Neuroscience and a minor in Biology. In the future, she hopes to attend a graduate program in psychiatric nursing, concentrating on working with children and teens.
EliEli Zaleznik
Eli Zaleznik

Lab Alum (undergrads)

– Sam Casler (UMass)
– Nancy Cai (Smith College)
– Tim Noonan (UMass)
– Michael Kelberman (UMass)
– Amy Higgins (UMass)
– Abigail Farrell (UMass honors student)
– Courtney McMahon (UMass honors student)
– Bri Southwick (UMass)