Principal Investigator

Amitai Shenhav is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, & Psychological Sciences at Brown University, and is also affiliated with the Brown Institute for Brain Science. He earned a B.A. in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University in 2012. After completing his graduate work, he was a C.V. Starr Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University before arriving at Brown.

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Lab Manager


Carolyn Dean Wolf got her B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, where she worked in the Cognitive Control and Psychopathology Lab with Todd Braver. Carolyn is currently interested in the neural mechanisms of decision-making and reward processing, including the cognitive control systems underlying motivation and goal maintenance. Outside of research, Carolyn has a passion for dancing, baking (especially with chocolate), and playing soccer.


Postdoctoral Fellows


Romy Frömer completed her undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Working with Werner Sommer, her dissertation research examined mechanisms of cognitive control in the motor domain. After receiving her PhD, Romy performed postdoctoral research with Rasha Abdel Rahman, focusing on the role of predictions and uncertainty in perception. She also performed research with Nick Yeung and Markus Ullsperger that explored the intersection of metacognition (error monitoring and confidence) and feedback-based learning in the motor domain. In her free time, Romy likes making music (e.g. choir singing) and cooking for friends. Her functioning critically depends on the availability of coffee.

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Graduate Students

Harrison Ritz completed his BSc. in Psychology at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON), and his MSc. in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario (London, ON), both while studying with Dr. Ingrid Johnsrude. His undergraduate and masters’ theses focused on the neural correlates of attentional control during auditory and speech perception. His current research interests are broadly about characterizing neural systems that dynamically control decision-making in noisy, unstable environments. In his free time, he likes watching films, distance running, batch cooking, and creating or listening to music.

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Jason Leng got his BSc. in Optical Engineering at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China), and his MASc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON). He then worked on the Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression program with Dr. Sidney Kennedy, focusing on the dysfunction of reward system in depression and its association with antidepressant treatment outcome. In his free time, he likes reading science fiction and history books, cooking Chinese food, and playing board games.


Ivan Grahek completed his undergraduate studies in psychology at Belgrade University. He is currently a PhD student at Ghent University working with Ernst Koster and Ruth Krebs. He is a visiting scholar at Brown during Fall 2018. His research is focused on the relationship between cognitive control and motivation in healthy and depressed individuals. In his free time he enjoys reading, watching films, and spending time by the Adriatic coast whenever possible.


If you are interested in joining the lab as a graduate student, you should apply through the Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences Department

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Alli Loynd is a junior at Brown concentrating in Health & Human Biology and Economics. She is especially interested in behavioral economics research and understanding consumer decision-making for marketing and strategy applications. Outside of the lab, she enjoys yoga and learning other languages.


Hattie Xu is a junior concentrating in cognitive neuroscience. She is interested in understanding the interactions between affect, cognitive control, and decision-making. When she's not in class, she spends most of her time writing and editing for various campus publications.

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Isabel Shaw is a sophomore concentrating in Behavioral Decision Sciences. She's interested primarily in the role of affect in decision-making and how this influences consumer behavior. Outside of school or the lab Isabel loves traveling or curling up with a good book.

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Ailita Eddy is a freshman (most likely) concentrating in Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in studying the mechanisms of the brain involved in various cognitive activities, like decision-making, memory, and the use of language. Outside of class, she enjoys reading, playing the piano and accordion, and the outdoors.

Summer Research Assistants


Akari Izumi is a freshman at Brown potentially concentrating in Cognitive Neuroscience. She is most interested in memory, decision making and cognitive control. Outside of class or the lab, she loves playing piano and being involved with Brown’s student theatre.

Joshua Lee is a freshman concentrating in Neuroscience. He is interested in the neural correlate of consciousness and computational neuroscience. In his free time, he likes to listen to music. 


Linda Zhang is a rising sophomore at Brown, most likely concentrating in Cognitive Neuroscience or CogSci. She is interested in the cognitive control of the brain and also the linguistics aspects of brain function. She enjoys art and watching movies, and is currently learning French. 


We are always looking for undergraduates who are scientifically curious, motivated, and hard-working to get involved in our ongoing research projects (and/or to eventually develop their own projects). If you fit that description and are interested in joining the lab, please contact our lab manager Carolyn or Dr. Shenhav


  • Anna XuUndergrad RA; Currently a Data Analyst in Ted Satterthwaite's lab at UPenn
  • Ayenna CagaananUndergrad RA
  • Cora OrdwayUndergrad RA
  • Kia SadahiroUndergrad RA
  • Liz Cory Undergrad RA; Currently a clinical research coordinator for Andrew Nierenberg at MGH's Dauten Center for Bipolar Innovation
  • Michelle BastaUndergrad RA
  • Milena RmusUndergrad RA; Currently a Lab Manager in Diana Tamir's lab at Princeton
  • Wasita MahaphanitUndergrad RA; Currently the Lab Manager in Michael Frank's lab at Brown
  • William McNelisUndergrad RA