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Brennan Miller
Research Team Coordinator

Brennan Miller completed his B.A. in sociology from California State University, Fresno before joining the Kent State University sociology department as a graduate student in 2013. His research interests include race/ethnicity, social psychology, and neurosociology. His current experimental research examines how factors such as identity commitment, salience, and centrality affect the neurological response to identity-relevant feedback and how the amount of non-verifying feedback affects the extent to which individuals attempt to behaviorally reclaim an identity.
 

OFFICE
Department of Sociology
231 Merrill Hall

CONTACT INFO
Phone: 330-672-6373
bmill148@kent.edu


Matthew Pfeiifer
Director of Operations

Matthew Pfeiffer is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University. He received B.A. degrees in sociology and psychology from the University of Iowa in 2013. His areas of interest include social psychology, identity, status, power, and neurosociology. His master’s thesis research involves a laboratory experiment examining how neurological responses mediate the relationship between the status of the source of identity-relevant feedback and attitudinal, emotional, and behavioral responses to identity verification and non-verification.

 

OFFICE
Department of Sociology
231 Merrill Hall

CONTACT INFO
Phone: 330-672-6373
mpeiff5@kent.edu



Joshua Pollock
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Josh Pollock is a post-doctoral fellow with the Departments of Sociology, Psychology, and Biology. He received a Ph.D. in Adult Development and Aging from the University of Akron in 2014. His research interests include neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive aging, and social psychology. His work has recently appeared in Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, PLOS ONE, and The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. His current EEG projects focus on the neurodynamics of relational cohesion (with Will Kalkhoff, Shane Thye, Ed Lawler, and others), and the processing of identity discrepancies using event-related brain potentials (with Will Kalkhoff, Richard Serpe, Brennan Miller, and Matthew Pfeiffer). He also is currently using EEG analyses to research the dynamics of cognitive regulation, emotional regulation, and emotional arousal and the interactions between in healthy aging.





OFFICE

Department of Sociology
327A Merrill Hall

CONTACT INFO
Phone: 330-672-2166
jpollo10@kent.edu