Principal Investigator: Elif Isbell, PhD
Dr. Elif Isbell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of California Merced and the director of the IDEA research group. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology (cognitive neuroscience) at the University of Oregon. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oregon and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan.
Amanda Peters, M.A., is a 3rd-year doctoral student in Developmental Psychology. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2021 with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Broadly, she is interested in examining the links between socioeconomic status, household characteristics, and cognitive control development in early childhood.
Nancy Rodas De Leon is a 3rd-year doctoral student in the Developmental Psychology program. She earned a B.S. in Cognitive Science from UC Merced in 2021. Her research focuses on how diverse bilingual language experiences and environmental factors contribute to the neurodevelopment of cognitive control in children and adolescents. She is currently a UC Merced Faculty Mentor Program fellow (AY 2023-2024).
IDEA Lab 2022-2023
Desiree Solis is the lab coordinator of the IDEA research group. She is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Cognitive Science and Psychology. She is a UC Leads scholar. She is broadly interested in cognitive science, neuroscience, and developmental psychology.