Presenter Information

Alana Muller

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SMSU Event Center A

Start Date

5-16-2019 11:30 AM

End Date

5-16-2019 12:30 PM


Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher Awardee

Alana Muller Faculty Mentor: Dr. Richard Addante

Alana Muller is a third-year masters student in the Psychological Science program. She was born in Hawaii, moved to California for college and stayed to pursue my masters. She was accepted into the Ph.D. program for Psychology at the University of Arizona for next school year.

She is a member of the cognitive neuroscience lab under Dr. Richard Addante, which uses electroencephalography (EEG) to study episodic memory and metacognition. Her thesis involves investigating the neural correlates of the Dunning-Kruger Effect which categorizes the phenomenon in which individuals who score low on a task over-estimate their performance while individuals who score high on a task under-estimate their performance. She helped design an innovative paradigm to study the neurophysiology of overconfidence while also being involved in at least five active or completed research projects in the lab.

She is also currently involved in a collaborative research project with Dr. Weiwei Zhang, a professor of psychology at UC Riverside, to study cognitive deficits that occur during concurrent physical exertion in astronauts. This experiment was approved to be conducted on an upcoming underwater NASA mission in June 2019. She is also working on a second project in preparation for the 2020 underwater NASA mission to mitigate those cognitive deficits using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), which applies a mild current through the frontal lobe to increase functioning of the frontal cortex.


May 16th, 11:30 AM May 16th, 12:30 PM

Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher Awardee, Alana Muller

SMSU Event Center A