Lab Members

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

Grace Remboldt

Grace Remboldt is an undergraduate senior at Sonoma State University. She is involved in all active studies and serves as the lab's manager. She is interested in many domains of psychology, including pathology, cognition, biology, and development. She intends to pursue clinical psychology and has a particular interest in family systems.
Remboldt presentations

Adam Holm

Adam Holm is an undergraduate senior 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. 

Holm presentations 

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.
Whetstone presentations

Hannah Sloth

Hannah Sloth is an undergraduate senior at Sonoma State University. Her primary focus is clinical psychology with an interest in trauma and suicide prevention. Her curiosity and desire to learn more about cognitive neuroscience and electroencephalography are what brought her to the Bengson Laboratory.
Sloth presentations 

Stefani Ewell

Stefani Ewell  is an undergraduate senior at Sonoma State University. Her main areas  of interest are industrial organizational psychology and speech  pathology. She  is interested in cognitive neuroscience, learning more about electroencephalography, and conducting empirical research. 

Alejandra Martinez

 Alejandra Martinez is an undergraduate senior at Sonoma State University. Her main area of interest is Neuropsychology. She is currently assisting the visual influences studies. Her interest in learning more about the different aspects of neuroscience such as cognitive, brain imaging, and electroencephalography led her to want to be a part of the Bengson Laboratory.  

John Nadra

John Nadra is an undergraduate senior at Sonoma State University. His primary focus is neuropsychology and he is interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the brain. He is currently assisting the visual influences studies. He also works as a behavioral therapist, assisting children who have developmental disabilities at ACES ABA. John is currently looking into graduate options in the field of neuropsychology. 

Rachel Falk

Rachel Falk is an undergraduate freshman at Sonoma State University. Her primary focus lies in neuroscience with an emphasis on neurodevelopmental disorders. She is currently assisting the visual influences studies. Her intention is to attend a graduate school to investigate the roles that biology and external influences play on the developing neurodivergent brain.  

alumni

Olivia Kreiger

 Olivia Krieger is a lab alumna. She is assisting the lab on an ongoing part-time basis while pursuing her PhD with G.R. Mangun at UC Davis. She is studying the neural correlates of attention, using electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging.  Olivia is passionate about research, learning, and teaching, and she intends to pursue a career in academia.
Krieger presentation 

Alexandra Theodorou

 Alexandra Theodorou is a lab alumna. She is currently pursing her Master's in cognitive neuroscience at Radboud University in the Netherlands. Her primary areas of interest are visual perception, attention, cognition, physiological psychology and electroencephalography.
Theodorou presentations attention, using electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging.  Olivia is passionate about research, learning, and teaching, and she intends to pursue a career in academia.
Krieger presentation 

Rebecca Neal, BA

Rebecca Neal is a lab alumna. Her primary focus is clinical psychology with an interest in childhood attachment. Rebecca is dedicated to pursue a career that will lead to social impact, and realizes the essential need for investigative research. She is currently exploring graduate study options.
Neal presentations

Emily Benny, BA

Emily Benny is a lab alumna. Though her interests are expansive, she is particularly aimed at understanding visual agnosias (impaired object recognition). Her growing curiosity for sensation, perception, and cognition brought her to our lab. She is currently exploring graduate study options.

Benny presentations 

Kelly McReynolds, BA

Kelly McReynolds is a lab alumna. Her main areas of interest are health and neuropsychology with a focus on mind body interactions. She is eager to expand her knowledge within the field of research. She is currently exploring graduate study options.

McReynolds presentations 

Gabrielle Romo, BA

Gabrielle Romo is a lab alumna. Her primary focus is human behavior and clinical child psychology. She is motivated to explore behavior and cognition through psychological research, which is what brought her to the lab. Gabby is particularly passionate about reducing stigma around mental health. She is currently exploring graduate study options. 

Romo presentations 

Iris Walter, BA

Iris Walter is a lab alumna. She completed her BA in Health Science and is primarily interested in connections between the mind and the body. She assisted with a bulk of our data collection for the visual influences studies. She is currently studying Spanish in Costa Rica and plans to return to the US to pursue graduate study. 

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Austin Myers, BA

Austin Myers is a lab alumnus. He is currently pursuing his Master's at San Diego State University. He is investigating the effects of alcohol on various aspects of emotion using electroencephalography in the Spatio-Temporal Brain Imaging Lab at SDSU.  

Mitch Jensen, BA

Mitchell Jensen is a lab alumnus. 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 is a lab alumnus. 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 exploring gradute study options in Cognitive Psychology.   

Njoroge presentations 

Kenneth Rauen, BA

Kenneth Rauen is a lab alumnus. He is currently pursuing his Master's in philosophy at the University of Colorado Boulder. During his time in the Bengson Laboratory, he assisted with various projects including the visual working memory and infrasound studies. 

Rauen presentations 

Elise Duffau, BA

Elise Duffau is a lab alumna. 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

Alicia Collins, BA

Alicia Collins is a lab alumna. 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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