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Stanford Psychophysiology Lab 2024 hybrid lab meeting


James Gross

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Bee David

Bee provides all administrative support as Faculty Administrator to Profs Gross, Walton, Dweck, Gweon and Zaki.  This also includes students and research groups in the areas of travel and human subject reimbursements, payments of invoices, verification of PCard and Travel card transactions.  She also handles domestic and foreign travel arrangements and in-charge of ordering supplies in the area.  She processes Visiting Student Researcher and Visiting Scholar paper works. She is also in-charge of processing visa for foreign visitors and scholars.  She is also in-charge of volunteers who wants to get involved in the various research in Psychology.

Bee has been with Stanford for many, many years (she stopped counting),  from Department of Urology to Medicine and Pediatrics in the School of Medicine.  Bee is such a people person and loves to help in any way she can. She also has a great sense of humor which helps alleviate the staff with their busy workload and research duties.  When she is off from work, she loves to watch various concerts around the Bay Area. She loves watching football (go Niners) and basketball (Warriors).  She loves dogs and will stop, pet or sometimes talk to dogs that walk around campus.

Ariana Reichler

Ariana is the lab manager for the SPL. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, where she majored in Cognitive Science with a certificate in Education Studies. She is interested in studying the effects of early-life experiences and stress on emotional development, corticolimbic circuitry maturation, and later mental health outcomes. Previously, she researched the relationship between exposure to unpredictable stress and emotional memory processes. Ariana hopes to pursue clinical work in the future. Outside of the lab, she enjoys being outdoors (hiking, camping, road trips), listening to good podcasts, and visiting art museums.


Postdoctoral Fellows

Dena Bahmani

Dena Sadeghi Bahmani, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. She is further a clinical psychologist and obtained her doctoral degree and clinical training from the University of Basel and the Psychiatric Clinics of the University of Basel in Switzerland. Dena further completed an internship in clinical neuropsychology at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich-Germany. 

At the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory and Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Dena's research focuses on two key areas: (a) understanding emotional and physical well-being, and their underlying determinants in individuals living with neurodegenerative conditions (e.g., multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease); and (b) developing a novel technology-based intervention for enhancing well-being of individuals with chronic neurological disorders. She authored 90+ peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and her line of research is acknowledged by national and international scientific committees and publishers such as American Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS), European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Swiss Society of Biological Psychiatry (SSBP), and Karger Publishers.

Matt Dixon

Matt is a research scientist in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. His research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), behavioral tasks, ecological momentary assessment (EMA), and theoretical models to examine topics including: (1) the neural basis of value-based influences on cognitive control; (2) the contribution of large-scale brain networks (e.g., default mode network) to self-referential processing and clinical disorders; and (3) the nature of core beliefs about the self and world and how they affect emotions and emotion regulation strategy use. 

Pardis Miri

Pardis Miri, PhD, is postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University where she is focused on building hardware and AI to facilitate mental well being. She is the principal investigator of a large multi-disciplinary project to design, build, and evaluate a wearable system tailored to the needs of children with emotion dysregulation, especially, children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She is currently co-advised by Micheal Snyder (main PI), James Gross and Antonio Hardan (co-PIs). 

Pilleriin Sikka

Pilleriin Sikka is a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University. Pilleriin strives to bridge the fields of emotion research, sleep and dream research, consciousness research, and well-being research to understand (1) the dynamics of emotional experiences across the wake-sleep cycle; (2) whether the emotions we experience during sleep and dreaming are involved in waking emotion regulation; (3) how peace of mind is linked to emotion regulation and well-being, and how it can be cultivated, (4) how (the emotional content of) transformative experiences—psychedelic experiences, anesthesia dreams—can enhance well-being.


Graduate Students

Ashish Mehta

Ashish is a fifth year graduate student in the Psychology Department. Ashish is interested in how people’s awareness of their emotions impacts the ways in which they regulate their emotions and vice versa. He is also interested in how different styles of reframing negative situations lead to different downstream effects on emotions and behavior. Ashish uses various methods such as daily longitudinal assessments, behavioral tasks, and computational modeling to explore these questions. He is excited about the potential for different analysis techniques to open doors to answer new questions and enjoys learning different methods to achieve this such as natural language processing, Bayesian methods, and machine learning. Other interests include playing chess, learning languages, and data-driven fantasy football. If you are a trainee planning to pursue graduate studies in behavioral sciences and you would be interested in doing a volunteer research assistantship, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Dan Ogunbamowo

Daniel is a first-year graduate student in the lab. He is originally from Essex, UK, but completed his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then went on to work with Jamil Zaki at the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab before joining the Stanford Psychophysiology Lab. His interests are wide-ranging, and include mindfulness, interpersonal emotion regulation, the relationship between music and emotion, and transformative emotional experiences. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, cooking Afro-Caribbean food and the occasional bachata dance social.

Kate Petrova

Kate is a third-year graduate student in the Psychology Department. She is interested in how people think about and regulate emotions in themselves and others. In her current work, Kate uses a combination of computational modeling and behavioral experiments to understand how people use their emotions as sources of information during decision-making. Her other interests include applying intensive longitudinal methods to study emotion regulation and interpersonal processes as they naturally unfold in everyday life. When not in the lab, Kate enjoys playing board games with friends, wine-tasting, and working towards her private pilot license. Kate earned her A.B. in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College and spent several years working on the Harvard Study of Adult Development before joining SPL.


Friends and Visitors

  • Ahmet Uysal
  • Amanda Morrison 
  • Anat Talmon
  • Andero Uusberg
  • Atina Manvelian
  • Dana Vertsberger
  • David Preece
  • Dustin Goerlitz
  • Eran Magen
  • Gadi Gilam
  • Golijeh Golarai
  • Gregory Bratman
  • Guarav Suri
  • Helen Uusberg
  • Hooria Jazaieri
  • Jean Roisse R. Ferreira
  • Jenna JunHa Lim
  • Johan Bjureberg
  • Jonas Petter
  • Juan Ramos-Cejudo
  • Karim Ibrahim
  • Katya Fernandez
  • Marily Oppezzo
  • Philippe Goldin
  • Robin Wollast
  • Ryan Yan
  • Sylvia Kreibig
  • Yael Enav