Research and Creative Interestsvideo games, Down syndrome, reward, motivation,
I am a doctoral candidate in Communication Science with a minor in Neuroscience. I am interested in the neurological changes that occur during video gaming, and how these changes influence learning and memory. The goal of my research is to use these changes to facilitate learning and memory in children with special needs. Mechanisms that I am currently working to understand relate to neurological deficits in people with Down syndrome. While at Michigan State University, I received my BA (2012) and MA (2014) in Communication. My MA thesis focused on identifying video game trends in children with Down syndrome. I am an active member of the Institute for Communication Research and the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab at Indiana University.