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

Research Assistants

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. 

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Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips is an undergraduate junior at Sonoma State University. His main areas of interest are neuropsychology and traumatic brain injury. Enthusiastic about cognitive neuroscience, he recently became an ideal addition to our team. He is currently assisting the visual influences study.  

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 science research, she recently joined our team and is now assisting the visual influences study

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Emily Benny

Emily Benny is an undergraduate senior at Sonoma State University. She is primarily interested in object recognition, which is what brought her research interest to our lab. She is the newest addition to the team and she will be assisting the visual influences study.  

Past Assistants

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 connections between the mind and the body. She intends to pursue a clinical route and is temporarily assisting the visual influence study in the Bengson Labratory before her planned relocation to Costa Rica. 

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.  

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.

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

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.

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. 

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