Lab members form the word "perception" with their bodies

Principal Investigator

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Julia Strand Bio
Associate Professor of Psychology
Chair of Psychology
Office: Olin Hall 119
Phone: 507 222 5637

Julia Strand (B.A., Tufts University; PhD., Washington University in St. Louis) teaches courses including Introduction to Psychology, the Psychology of Spoken Words, and Sensation & Perception. Her research focuses on how humans are able to turn sensory information about speech into meaningful representations. Topics of research include how cognitive abilities influence language perception, what traits of words promote easy recognition, how word recognition abilities change with age, and how visual information (seeing the talker) influences language processing.

Lab Manager

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Katrina Sewell ’21 Bio
Lab Manager – Educational Associate

Katrina is a Psychology major and Neuroscience minor from Wadsworth, Illinois. She is interested in cognitive and clinical psychology as well as addressing public health concerns pertaining to marginalized groups. Katrina enjoys traveling, chilling at the pool or beach, and rereading her favorite childhood novels in her free time.

Lab Members

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Nic Berry ’24

Nic is a cognitive science major from Oakland, California. His interests span the mysteries of consciousness and perception and their application to the business world. Outside of academics, Nic enjoys learning about philosophy, meditation, and technological innovations such as electric vehicles and space transportation. Nic loves cycling, walking his dog, and listening to his handcrafted Spotify playlists.

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Grace Farwell ’23
Grace Farwell is a Linguistics major and Cognitive Science minor from Seattle, Washington. She speaks English, French, and some German and enjoys travelling as much as spending time at home with her family, collie, and two cats. She plays basketball, ultimate frisbee, and soccer, and loves to read and go boating.
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Abdisalan Hawadle ’23
My name is Abdisalan Hawadle and I am a biology major currently living in Willmar, MN. I was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, but Somalia is where I call home. I am interested in microbiology, immunology, and marine biology. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching horror movies, and learning about African history and culture through African music, movies, and books.
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Helen Hu ’23

Helen is a Cognitive Science major, a Neuroscience minor, and a Music Performance minor from Wenzhou, China. She is interested in the brain and cognitive sciences, especially vision and how it is integrated with other senses. Outside of academics, Helen loves all kinds of music. She is in Carleton’s Chinese Music Ensemble, playing a Chinese musical instrument called the Guzheng.

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Chiamaka Ifedi ’23
Chiamaka is an international student from Nigeria. She is a cognitive science major. She is interested in cognition and decision making. She enjoys travelling (even layovers!), going on walks, spending time with friends and anything that involves loud music playing.
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Emmett Lefkowitz ’23

Emmett hails from a small town in Southern Minnesota called Northfield. He isn’t quite sure what he wants to major in yet, but is interested in cognitive science, languages, international happenings, and music. When he’s not pursuing any of these things, he enjoys spending his time running, and also walking.

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Yuxin Lin ’24

Yuxin is a Psychology major from Suzhou, China. He is especially interested in Cognitive Psychology and Psychopathology. He also likes playing videos games, learning languages, and watching anime.

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Gigi Paulig ’23

Gigi is a Psychology major/Spanish minor from Durham, North Carolina. She has an interest in attending nursing school after Carleton and is currently certified as a nurse aide. In her free time, she enjoys bullet journaling and comparing chai lattes at various coffee shops.

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Maya Rogers ’22
Educational Associate – COVID Assistant
Maya is a psychology major and spanish minor with an interest in public health and the psychological processes behind health behaviors. Outside of academics, she loves to craft, including adding to her large magnet and earring collections and working on her 4th quilt.
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Caroline Saksena ’23
Caroline is a Biology major and Neuroscience minor from Lincoln, Nebraska. She’s interested in cognitive neuroscience, learning and memory, and gut-brain psychology. In her free time, she enjoys playing double bass and exploring on her bike. She’s also a longtime fan of Harry Styles.
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Jed D. Villanueva ’22
Jed is a Cognitive Science major from Chicago, Illinois. He is interested in auditory perception, music cognition, and clinical psychology. Outside of schoolwork, Jed is an aggressive fan of Moana, Taylor Swift, and housework.
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Xingyi Zhang ’24
Xingyi is a potential psych&stats major from Hangzhou, China. She is interested in human cognition and artificial intelligence. She enjoys traveling, visiting museums, and making memes.