Amanda is a fourth-year Cognitive Science/Psychology major. She joined the lab in Summer 2018 in hopes to help further research and intellectual conversation on youth cognitive systems and development. She has gained acceptance into Hofstra University for a master’s/post-baccalaureate degree and plans to begin Summer 2019. In the future, she hopes to gain acceptance into a medical school to pursue pediatric neurology or emergency medicine. In her free time, she likes to collect vinyls, thrift, and go backpacking.
Daria is a third year Cognitive Sciences major who joined the lab in Summer 2018. She plans to either pursue graduate or medical schooling after her undergraduate studies at UCI. She loves working with children and is very interested in cognitive processes as well as pediatric neurology. She joined the Sarnecka lab to gain research experience and learn more about the intricacies of child development. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, watching The Office, and going to the beach.
Denise is a fourth-year Psychology major who joined our lab in Spring 2018. She is eager to gain first-hand experience in the research process and explore all aspects of life in a cognitive science lab. After graduating from UCI, she plans to continue her education by obtaining a master’s degree with the end goal of becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Denise has a deep awe and respect for children, and she appreciates their passion for life and eagerness to explore new things. In her spare time, you will find Denise out and about with her family, in the garden at home, or hiking on a trail.
Emily Garcia is a third-year Psychology Major with a minor in Public Health. She joined the lab to gain research experience and learn about the cognitive development of children. Emily is a first-generation college student who after Graduate school plans to pursue a job in research. On her spare time, she likes to work on puzzles, listen to music, and sing.
Fatima is a fourth year double major in Cognitive Psychology and Education Sciences who joined the lab in Fall 2017. She joined the lab because she was interested in getting hands-on experience with cognitive development research. She has worked with children before through interning and volunteering at local pre-schools and has absolutely loved it as she thinks children have a interesting view of the world. Her goal is to work with children in the future and get a better understanding of how children think. After graduating, Fatima hopes to pursue a PhD in Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys going to museums, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Hasmik is a fourth year Psychology major who joined the lab in Summer 2018. Hasmik joined the lab to gain research experience and learn more about cognitive development in children. She is fascinated by the amount of information the brain is capable of acquiring at a very young age, and how the timing and quality of early experiences combine to shape the brain. She plans to pursue a PhD in Neuropsychology to gain a deeper understanding on how disorders within the brain and nervous system impact behavior and cognitive functions. In her free time she enjoys watching many television shows, sketching, and spending time with family and friends.
Heaven Howse is a third year Psychology major with a minor in Public Health Sciences who joined the lab in Spring 2018. Heaven joined the lab because she has a strong interest in child development and wanted to gain more hands on experience within the field. She wants to expand her knowledge on the social-emotional development of early child development. Heaven is profoundly curious about how children learn in various settings and how they apply their own knowledge and daily behaviors to their everyday lives. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach, listening to music, trying new food and desserts, brushing up on acrylic painting, and watching Planet Earth or shows related to it. In the near future, Heaven plans to pursue a PhD in the field of psychology in aims to pursue a career as a child and adolescent psychologist.
Jalen is a first year Cognitive Sciences major who joined the lab in Winter 2019. He joined the lab in order to explore his interest in cognitive development, and to gain practical research experience within the realm of psychology. Jalen loves to learn about the science behind our perception of, and interaction with, the world around us. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, he aspires to apply to medical school with the goal of becoming a child psychiatrist. In his free time, Jalen enjoys watching movies, playing video games, and traveling with friends and family.
Julissa is a third year double major in Psychology and Education Sciences. She joined the lab in Spring 2018 to learn more about the cognitive development of children and how research in this area could be used to help children in the classroom. She also hopes to gain valuable research experience that will better prepare her for a School Psychology graduate program. Outside of the lab, Julissa enjoys reading, drawing, exercising, and playing video games
Madison Salcedo is a third-year Psychology major, but a first-year UCI student transferring from Moreno Valley College. She joined the lab Winter 2019 in hopes of acquiring more experience working with children and familiarizing herself within a research environment. Madison wants to eventually go to graduate school or medical school to get her Ph.D./MD and become a child psychologist/psychiatrist. In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts, spending time with friends and family, and binge-watching shows on Netflix and Hulu.
Mikayla is a first year Nursing major who joined the lab in Spring 2018. She seeks to gain long term research experience and have the privilege of working with young children in a hands-on environment while at UCI. She hopes to pursue a career in pediatric nursing after obtaining her undergraduate degree, with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner in the future. Outside of school, Mikayla enjoys exercising, being outdoors, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.
Silvia Navarro Hernandez
Silvia is a third year double major in Gender & Sexual Studies and Cognitive Sciences with a concentration in neuroscience. She joined the lab in Fall 2017 to explore research in cognitive sciences and develop the skills to construct original research in the field of child development. She intends to pursue a career as a school psychologist or enter a Ph.D. program for Clinical Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys listening to new music, reading, and connecting with her family.