Research Experience

In 2006, Joey received her B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Psychophysiology from San Francisco State University (SFSU). While attending SFSU, Joey began serving as a research assistant for Dr. Mark Geisler, director of the Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory (CPL). In the CPL, Joey was part of many projects utilising electroencephalograph. Her favourite project was her honours thesis research investigating the effects of sleep quality on learning and memory by comparing the eletrophysiological and behavioural differences between good and poor sleepers. This study brought some of her research interests—sleep quality, learning, and memory—together. While she was working on her thesis, she was also contributing significantly to a project which sought evidence in support for reducing stimuli strength in olfactory odd-ball paradigm, thus shortening the inter-stimuli interval and experiment duration, and consequently reducing the plight of physical fatigue as a confound in olfactory research. In this project, Joey gained access and training on one of the only two research olfactometers in the United States at the time.

Prior to sacrificing three years to the gods of financial necessity, Joey was determined to leave Dr. Geisler with an army of competent research assistants. She and Erin Ramage, the graduate student whose master thesis formed the aforementioned olfactory ERP project, devised an internship programme to achieve this goal. As assistant director, Joey designed and gave lectures, trained interns on ERP data collection, and advised them on their presentations.

These experiences affirmed her desires for a life in academia as she found research, as well as mentoring and interacting with students in the context of research, most energising and fulfilling. During her years away, Joey was sustained by the memories of these gratifying experiences, and the yearning of returning to an environment of intellectual vigour, where she can gain experience to help attain graduate school admission. In 2010, she finished her “real world experiment” and thankfully returned to academia when she was accepted into the Gazzaley Lab.

Beginning in late 2010, Joey served as a research assistant to Michael Rubens, aiding him in collecting simultaneous EEG/fMRI data for a project investigating the variability of the response time in older adults. In mid 2011, Joey took on the lab manager position for the Gazzaley Lab in addition to her research duties. Joey’s current project concerns the effects of working memory maintenance on stimulus discrimination under various levels of multi-tasking demands, as well as comparing said effects between young and older adults.