Elizabeth M. Brannon
Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Chair
Professor, Dept. of Psychology
Dr. Elizabeth M. Brannon graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Pennsylvania, where she received her B.A. in Physical Anthropology in 1992. She received a Masters degree in Anthropology and a PhD in Psychology from Columbia University. She has been at Duke in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience since the year 2000 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008 and Full Professor in 2012. She is currently the Director of Graduate Studies for the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program (CNAP) and the head of the developmental area within P&N. She maintains a secondary appointment in the department of Evolutionary Anthropology.
She has received numerous academic awards and honors including the Young Investigator Award from The Society for Experimental Psychology, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, a Merck Scholar Award, and a James McDonnell Scholar Award. She is on the editorial board of Cognition, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, Psychological Science, and Infancy. Dr. Brannon’s research is funded by The National Institutes of Health and The National Science Foundation. She teaches courses on cognitive development and comparative psychology and maintains two laboratories focused on quantitative cognition in nonhuman primates and human infants.
Stephanie received her PhD from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, where she worked with Dr. Daniel Ansari. Her research focused on characterizing the numerical deficits of children with persistent dyscalculia, a specific math learning disorder, using both behavioral and functional neuroimaging tools. Her present work focuses on examining the neural plastic changes induced by approximate arithmetic training in both children and adults and exploring the mechanisms underlying transfer effects of approximate arithmetic training on symbolic math.
Nick is broadly interested in neural computations and how perceptual codes become action codes. His present work focuses on the neural coding of numerosity in the posterior parietal area.
Graduate Student, University of Pennsylvania
Emily received her BS in Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2012, where she worked in the labs of Dr. Whitney Tabor and Dr. Etan Markus studying learning from cognitive psychology and behavioral neuroscience perspectives. Emily taught English as a foreign language at a public elementary school in Gyeongju, South Korea, before working with Dr. Brannon as a graduate student, She is interested in educational implications of nonsymbolic numerical representations and in the growing field of educational neuroscience.
Yvette graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development in 2011. She currently works with Philadelphia schools as a liaison.
Bonnie received a BA in Speech Language Hearing Science from Temple University and a MS in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language from the Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language in conjunction with the University of the Basque Country. She currently manages the Brannon Lab.
Brannon Lab Alumni
Former Graduate Students
Graduate Student Researcher, UC San Diego
Rosa Li, PhD, Duke, 2017
Caroline Drucker, PhD, Duke, 2016
Ariel Starr, PhD, Duke, 2015
Currently Postdoctoral Associate, UC Berkley
Sarah Jones, PhD, Duke, 2012
David Paulsen, PhD, 2012
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Neurocognitive Development at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Melissa Libertus, PhD, 2010
Assistant Professor, University of Rochester
Jessica Cantlon, PhD, 2007
Kerry Jordan, PhD, 2007
Joonkoo Park, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate in Brannon Lab 2010-2014
Assistant Professor, UMass Amherst
Michal Pinhas, PhD
Dustin Merritt, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate in Brannon Lab 2006-2011
Human Factor Engineering Specialist II, Sprint
Sara Cordes, PhD
Jamie Roitman, PhD
John Pearson, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Former Research Assistants
Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
Associate Professor, University of Connecticut
Postdoc at Upenn with Deena Weisberg
Graduate Student at University of Michigan
Research Staff at Sanford University Center for Infant Studies