I was born in upstate New York and earned my undergraduate degree at SUNY Buffalo. I then went on to earn my MA in clinical psychology at Ball State University where I first was exposed to neuroscience research. Since then I have worked on many projects using EEG methodology including measuring creativity, emotion regulation, visual attention, and cognitive control. In addition, I also enjoy working on new methods for artifact correction and statistical analyses of EEG data. In my future research, I hope to work on better quantifying differences in brain functioning based on individual differences in psychopathology. Broadly, I am interested in differences relating to cognitive control and internally/externally oriented cognition. Currently I am working with Shinobu Kitayama at the University of Michigan and I will be joining the lab in Fall 2018.
Dr. Caterina Gratton is a cognitive neuroscientist and Principal Investigator of the Gratton Lab at Northwestern University. Dr. Gratton is originally from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley. She did her post-doctoral work in the Neurology Department at Washington University in St. Louis with Dr. Steve Petersen. Dr. Gratton is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern, with a secondary appointment in the Neurology Department in Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, and a Preceptor in the NUIN program. In addition to thinking about brain networks and top-down control, Dr. Gratton enjoys playing soccer and running after her twin toddlers.
I am currently a graduate student in the Gratton Lab. I earned my bachelors degree in psychology at Utah State University in 2016 doing research on neural differences associated with Attention Restoration Theory (ART) using EEG in the Multi-sensory Cognition Lab under Dr. Kerry Jordan. After graduating I began working in the Cognitive Axon Lab under Dr. Timothy Verstynen at Carnegie Mellon University where my primary projects investigating the association between physical health and the integrity of major white matter pathways. For future work I am interested in studying the neural mechanisms of attention and how they can adapt over time. In particular, focusing on how individual differences in functional connectivity that underlie attention relate to changes in severity of hallucinations in psychiatric disorders.
I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Gratton lab. Meeting the demands of everyday life requires one to inhibit prepotent responses, ignore irrelevant stimuli, and complete extended action sequences. These behaviors fall under the domain of cognitive control. My research has focused on adjustments in cognitive control and task representation. Individual differences in cognitive control and the neural substrates of these differences are my primary interest areas. More generally, I am interested in the challenges facing network neuroscience that stem from human heterogeneity.
Neuroscience Major, Class of 2021
Neuroscience Major, Class of 2021
I am the Research Coordinator and Lab Manager for the Gratton Lab. I grew up in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of Texas. I earned my undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California: Berkeley, where I first studied neuroscience. I am interested in how individual differences in brain networks affect performance at different tasks and how these brain networks change over time. In the future, I am hoping to explore the relationship between individual differences in brain network and psychiatric conditions.
I am originally from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, but I moved to Tucson, Arizona when I was very young. Here, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Arizona in 2018. My undergraduate research focused mainly on how our memory representations change the way we perceive objects. After graduating from the University of Arizona, I continued working to further our knowledge of the interactions between memory and visual systems and I joined the MRI research lab, where I mainly worked in a project that evaluated newly-developed, super-resolution, and motion-insensitive MRI protocols. My interests are broad and diverse, and I have had the opportunity to be involved in many different topics of research. However, I am mainly interested in exploring how functional connectivity, particularly of cognitive control networks, can predict behavior, and how these networks break down during aging and disease. In my future research, I also hope to investigate how this relationship is affected in psychopathologies like depression and schizophrenia.