Undergraduate Researchers

Jonah Przybyszewski

Jonah is a first year Psychology major who joined the lab Spring 2019. He joined the lab to get a better understanding of cognitive development in children, and gain experience through research at UCI. Jonah enjoys working with children and loves exploring the creativity of a childhood mind. After his undergraduate degree, Jonah plans to continue his education in graduate school with hopes of becoming a counseling psychologist. For fun, he likes to perform Improv comedy, make music on his computer and play indoor and beach volleyball.

Jocelyn Hsieh

Jocelyn is a second year student studying Psychology and Social Behavior. She joined the lab in Spring of 2019 to explore the various aspects of psychology and better understand children's cognition. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, her goal is to become an occupational therapist and work with kids who have difficulties doing daily activities and tasks. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, trying out new restaurants with friends and family, taking photos, and playing/listening to music.

Khayla Carsola

Khayla is a fourth-year transfer Psychology major with a minor in Biology who joined the lab in Spring 2019. She joined the lab to gain experience in a research environment to prepare her for grad school and because she loves learning about cognitive child development. Her interest in cognitive development grew after the birth of her daughter, which made her even more interested in how children perceive the world, learn, and make decisions. After graduating from UCI she plans to pursue a master’s degree and become a physician assistant. In her free time, Khayla enjoys spending time with her family, bringing her dog to dog parks, going to the beach, and discovering new places to eat.

Diana Mansuryan

Diana is a first-year Psychology major. She joined our lab in Spring 2019 to gain first-hand research experience in the field of cognitive development. She is fascinated by children for their tendency to speak up their mind and remarkable cognitive abilities in language acquisition. In her free time, she enjoys painting, listening to music and spending time with her family and friends. After graduation, she plans to pursue law and use the knowledge she gains from the research to advocate for better conditions for children to thrive in.

Jarrett Ebersberger

Jarrett is a third-year transfer student studying psychology with a focus in neuroscience. He joined the lab in Winter of 2019 to gain experience in psychological research, and to continue his passion for working with kids and to better understand their cognition. Jarrett wants to eventually go on to medical school in order to pursue a career in neurology and behavioral neuroscience. In his free time, he enjoys fencing, writing, and playing D&D with his friends.


Jalen Jones

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.


Madison Salcedo

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.

Amanda Jamison

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 Lasc

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.

Emily Garcia

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 Pineda

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.

Heaven Howse

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.

Julissa Navas

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

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.