As a Psychology major at Carthage College, Ashley has a long-standing interest in attention, pro-social behavior, and conspiracy beliefs. In the MAGI-Lab, she assists with research exploring the relationship between humor and visual attention and research clarifying magicians' attitudes about misdirection. Outside of the MAGI-lab, Ashley primarily researches the help-seeking behavior of individuals with chronic illnesses. Ashley is also a Japanese language minor who hopes to explore the differences between help-seeking attitudes within collectivist and individualist cultures.
Tailyn is a Psychology major in her final year at Carthage College. She is dedicated to her research in the MAGI-Lab and is active in multiple research projects. These projects include an in-depth look at the use of humor to generate inattentional blindness and a qualitative research project on the thoughts and opinions of magicians around the country. Tailyn is also working on her Criminal Justice minor and hopes to one day explore the psychological impacts of the criminal justice system.
Kaitlyn is a psychology major in her final year at Carthage College. She has a lifelong interest in psychology, with specific interests in uncovering mysteries and why people act the way they do. In the MAGI-Lab, she has been pursuing research on self-deception in magicians, with the goal of putting an end to the debate over the existence of self-deception, at least in magicians. She is also a criminal justice minor with a passion for actively shaping the changes in our criminal justice system as a lawyer.
Jessica is a dual major in Psychology and Neuroscience in her last year at Carthage. She has been active in several labs at Carthage that include research in eye-tracking and attentional guidance, genetic and personality predispositions to developing anxiety and stress disorders, physiological responses to environmental stressors, stressors that come with student-teacher interactions, and responses to digital stressors based on personality. In the Barnhart lab, she continues to look at attentional guidance through eye-tracking and variables that affect efficiency. After undergrad, Jessica plans on attending a master’s program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Chad is a senior at Carthage College majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. He has completed several research projects, including a study of visual attention in cyber-security for Carthage's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. Most recently, he has explored the use of machine learning algorithms in the analysis of eye-movement data, in hopes of improving the predictability of search-expertise models. In addition to research, Chad has served as a Research Methods & Statistics tutor for the past two years. In the future, he hopes to bring his experience in statistical analysis and research to the clinical domain of psychology.