Team Leaders

Jesse Bengson, PhD

Jesse Bengson is a professor and researcher at Sonoma State University. He is an expert in several areas of neuroscience, including sensation, perception, decision-making, working memory, attention, brain imaging, electroencephalography, and cognitive psychology.  

Bengson's UC Davis profile 

Bengson's Research Gate profile 

Bengson publications

Olivia Krieger, BA

Olivia Krieger graduated from Sonoma State University in August, 2017. She is continuing her work full-time in the Bengson Laboratory as a primary collaborator and lab manager. She will being her PhD at UC Davis in the fall. She is interested in the neural correlates of volitional attention and visual perception, electroencephalography, experimental aesthetics, as well as education and learning. 

Krieger presentation

Alexandra Theodorou, BA

Alexandra Theodorou graduated from Sonoma State University in December, 2017. She is currently continuing her work in the lab as a collaborator and leader in each active study. Her main  areas of interest are visual perception, cognition, physiological psychology and  electroencephalography. 

Theodorou presentations

Research Assistants

Grace Remboldt

Grace Remboldt is an undergraduate at Sonoma State University. She is our youngest team member, remarkably beginning her junior year at just seventeen. Her primary focus is in clinical psychology and family systems. She is currently diversifying her academic career through a broad scope of disciplines, which is what brought her to the Bengson Laboratory. She is working on the visual aesthetic influence study

Remboldt presentations

Rebecca Neal

Rebecca Neal is an undergraduate senior at Sonoma State University. Her primary focus is clinical psychology with an interest in childhood attachment. Curious about cognitive neuroscience research, she joined our team and is now working on the visual aesthetic influence study.

Neal presentations

Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips is an undergraduate junior at Sonoma State University. His main areas of interest are neuropsychology and traumatic brain injury. He is curious and enthusiastic about cognitive neuroscience, which is what brought him to our team. He is currently working on the visual hemifield influence study.

Phillips presentations 

Emily Benny

Emily Benny is an undergraduate senior at Sonoma State University. She is primarily interested in impaired object recognition (visual agnosias). Her expansive curiosity of sensation, perception, and cognition brought her to our lab. She is working on the visual influences studies.

Adam Holm

Adam Holm is an undergraduate junior at Sonoma State University. His areas of focus are clinical and cognitive psychology. He is interested in the mechanisms involved with creativity and logical/moral reasoning. He joined the lab out of a growing interest in the role of empirical truth, how scientific inquiry can make sense of the world at large. He is working on the visual influences studies.

Eric Whetstone

Eric Whetstone is an undergraduate senior at Sonoma State University. His primary focus is in clinical psychology, and the  integration of new technology to enhance therapeutic techniques. He has  specific interest in the utilization of 3D technology for the treatment  of PTSD and other trauma related mental disorders. He is one of our newest members and will be assisting the visual influences studies

Past Assistants

Iris Walter, BA

Iris Walter graduated from Chico State University in May, 2017. She completed her BA in Health Science and is primarily interested in connections between the mind and the body. She intends to pursue a clinical route and temporarily assisted with a bulk of our data collection for the visual influences studies. She is currently studying Spanish in Costa Rica and will return next year to pursue graduate studies. 

Austin Myers, BA

Austin Myers graduated from Sonoma State University in May, 2017. He recently began his graduate studies at San Diego State University, California. He will be investigating the effects of alcohol on various aspects of emotion using electroencephalography technology in the Spatio-Temporal Brain Imaging Lab at SDSU.  

Kenneth Rauen

Kenneth Rauen is an undergraduate senior at Sonoma State University. During his time in the Bengson Laboratory, he assisted with various projects including the visual working memory and infrasound studies. He is currently progressing toward a double baccalaureate in psychology and philosophy.

Rauen presentations 

Elise Duffau, BA

Elise Duffau graduated from Sonoma State University in May, 2017. During her time in the Bengson Laboratory, she assisted with data collection for the visual working memory and infrasound experiments. She is currently a research assistant at Sonoma State with Dr. Heather Smith

Mitch Jensen, BA

Mitchell Jensen graduated from Sonoma State in December 2016, he completed his BA  in psychology with a minor in German. While in the Bengson Laboratory, his primary focus was on neural correlates associated with autism. He won best poster award at the Western Psychology Conference for Undergraduate Research, 2016. He is currently working at  United  Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay supporting senior adults with  developmental disabilities.

Jensen presentations 

Peter Njoroge, BA

Peter Njoroge graduated from Sonoma State University in May, 2016. While in the Bengson Laboratory, his primary focus was on the visual working memory study. His main areas of interest are memory, cognition, and perception. He is currently looking for a post-graduate degree program in Cognitive Psychology.   

Njoroge presentations 

Alicia Collins, BA

Alicia Collins graduated from Sonoma State University in May, 2017. While in the Bengson laboratory, her primary focus was on visual working memory, electroencephalography, and cognition. She is currently studying at Northeastern University as a pre-medical student, aiming to specialize in surgery after medical school. 

.

.