Jelani Medford is a Study Coordinator working with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Tamara Spiewak Toub on a research grant exploring ways to optimize preschool spatial instruction. Jelani received a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College in 2014. In addition to his coursework in psychology, Jelani studied Italian for a year and spent six months in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, where he studied Portuguese and taught English. Jelani is interested in exploring how language impacts one’s understanding of the world and how it also influences cognitive processes such as memory, judgment, and decision-making. Jelani plans to pursue a Ph. D in Linguistics.
Maddy received her B.A. from the Honors Psychology Program, run by Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, at Temple in 2019. Now, she works as a research assistant here at Temple with Drs. Nora Newcombe and Ingrid Olson on projects investigating memory development in young children. She is interested in the role of subcortical structures in mood regulation and dysregulation as well as the relationship between immune system factors, sleep, cognitive function, and depression.
After earning three Associate’s degrees from West Valley College, Sabrina earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, she worked with the Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab, as well as the Zili Perceptual Processing and Computational Lab. Now, she works as a lab coordinator for the Research in Spatial Cognition Lab with Drs. Nora Newcombe and Tim Shipley. She is interested in cognitive psychology, specifically the development of memory.