More about the team

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 is a recent graduate from Sonoma State University. She is continuing her work full-time in the Bengson Laboratory as a collaborator in the decision making studies and the visual influence study. Her main  areas of interest are visual perception, attention, electroencephalography, neural mechanisms of mindfulness meditation, as well as education and learning. She is also a research intern at Institute of Noetic Sciences.

Alexandra Theodorou

 Alexandra Theodorou is an undergraduate senior at Sonoma State University. She transferred to Sonoma State from DEREE, The American College of Greece, Athens. She is currently a collaborator in the decision making studies and the visual influence study. Her main  areas of interest are visual perception, cognition, physiological psychology and  electroencephalography. She is also a research intern at Institute of Noetic Sciences

Grace Remboldt

Grace Remboldt is an undergraduate at Sonoma State University. She is one of our newest and youngest additions to the team, remarkably beginning her junior year at just seventeen. She is currently assisting the visual influence study. 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 Labratory. 

Iris Walter, BA

Iris Walter is a recent graduate from Chico State University, she completed her BA in Health Science and is primarily interested in the connections between body and mind. She is temporarily assisting the visual influence study in the Bengson Labratory before her planned relocation to Costa Rica. 

Past Assistants

Austin Myers, BA

Austin Myers is a recent graduate from Sonoma State University. 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.  

Elise Duffau, BA

Elise Duffau is a recent graduate from Sonoma State University. 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

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.

Mitchell 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.

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.   

Alicia Collins, BA

Alicia Collins is a recent graduate from Sonoma State University. 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.