People

Wilma Bainbridge, PhD.

Wilma Bainbridge, PhD.

Principal Investigator

Wilma A. Bainbridge joined the University of Chicago faculty in January 2020 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. She received her B.A. in Cognitive Science from Yale University, studying both visual neuroscience and human-robot interaction. After a year-long research internship on robotics at the University of Tokyo, she completed her Ph.D in Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying vision and memory. She then completed postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Mental Health before coming to the University of Chicago.

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Graduate Students

Coen D. Needell

Coen D. Needell

Masters of Computational Social Science Program

Coen is a student in the Masters of Computational Social Science program at the University of Chicago. As an undergraduate, he went to Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in Physics and Economics, and minored in the Philosophy of Science. His work focuses on developing novel methods for social scientific concepts. Currently He’s working in the Brain Bridge Lab, working on leveraging computer vision models to study memory and memorability. His hobbies include analyzing video games, cooking, and writing short stories.

Max Kramer

Max Kramer

Masters of Computational Social Science Program

Max is a student in the Masters of Computational Social Science Program at the University of Chicago. Max graduated from Oberlin College in 2020 with high honors in psychology, a minor in computer science, and a concentration in statistical modeling. His research with the lab involves analysis of the THINGS dataset using dimensionality reduction and machine learning techniques.

Paige Hanson

Paige Hanson

Masters Program in the Social Sciences

Paige is a student of the Masters Program in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. She graduated with a BS in biology from the University of North Dakota. Her research interests include genetics, cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistics. In the Brain Bridge Lab, Paige will be researching how word descriptions can affect the ability to recall memorable or forgettable images. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her cats, video games, tabletop games, anime, and DND.

Research Staff

Deepasri Prasad

Deepasri Prasad

Lab Manager

Deepa works as the lab manager and a research assistant in the Brain Bridge Lab. She is broadly interested in how the brain integrates different senses to form a cohesive experience of the world, and how this perception interfaces with other functions, like memory. Deepa majored in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at the University of Michigan, where she received her B.S. In her free time, Deepa enjoys calligraphy, cats, and sending snail mail to her friends!

Undergraduate Researchers

Leon Zhou

Leon Zhou

Class of 2023

Leon is majoring in Data Science at Columbia University. He is currently researching face recall using character creation tools. He is interested in adapting video game and easily available technologies to test human behavior. In Leon’s free time, he enjoys listening to classic rock and learning about artificial intelligence.

Madeline Gedvila

Madeline Gedvila

Class of 2022

Madeline is a third-year, majoring in Neuroscience. She is currently researching how memorable images may affect one’s perception of the duration of time. Madeline loves uncovering the mysteries of the brain, and her research interests center primarily around learning, memory, and cognition. Moreover, she is particularly fascinated by the intersection of memory and personal identity. Madeline is passionate about sharing her findings in neuroscience and psychology in accessible ways, and in the future, she hopes to advance our understanding of how the structure and functioning of the brain creates rich inner worlds. During her free time, Madeline enjoys film and digital photography, skiing, hiking in the mountains, writing, and learning new things.

Rebecca Greenberg

Class of 2022

Rebecca is a psychology major and she is interested in cognitive psychology primarily. Currently, Rebecca’s research is about how time of exposure to a stimulus influences memory, and she is interested in whether different kinds of images, such as faces or famous images, might vary in how the memory is effected by the duration of the stimulus. 

Summer Interns

Jennifer Hu

Jennifer Hu

High School, Class of 2021

Jennifer is a rising senior at Mongtomery Blair High School, completing her Senior Research Project over the summer on the memorability of art. She’s interested in how memorability of art differs from its aesthetic appeal or beauty, and hopes to apply this research to her own artwork. In Jennifer’s free time, she enjoy video games and drawing cartoon-style characters.

Yuetong Bai

Yuetong Bai

Beijing Normal University, Class of 2021

Yuetong is a third-year undergraduate student from Beijing Normal University, majoring in psychology and minoring in computer science. He is taking a summer internship and currently investigating the role of image memorability in Alzheimer‘s disease with biomarkers and neuroimaging data. He is interested in memory and learning as well as other aspects of cognitive science.

Caleb Weis

Caleb Weis

Class of 2022

Caleb is a third-year Economics and Math double-major from Vermont. He is a part of the 2020 SISRM program and just finished a rigorous course in R programming. His research interests include the study of human behavior with a particular focus on how it can be influenced by economic policies.