Research Assistants


 Caroline Praestholm

I’m a junior honors student double majoring in psychology and biology with a pre-medical focus, hoping to specialize in either psychiatry or neurology. My research interests include how mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, can affect cognition and attention. I’m on the executive boards for the psychology club and the Mental Health Awareness Organization, and enjoy cooking, staying involved in my sorority, and spending time with friends.

Ashley Keith

Ashley is a pre-medical sophomore honors student majoring in biology and psychology. She intends to pursue a career in neurology after medical school. Her research interests include cognitive neuroscience and analyzing the mental processes behind behavior and emotion. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with friends, spending time with her family, and trying new sushi restaurants.

 Hanah Barnard

Hanah is a junior student pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Child Development. She has many interests within the field of psychology, but is most interested in the mental health and cognition of children. Her future goals are to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology, primarily working with children and teens. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and playing outdoors with her dog Finnley.

Carroll Bentley

Carroll is a junior honors psychology major with a minor in political science. He is currently investigating the neural correlates of self-regulation regarding academic performance. His future goals are to pursue a graduate training in clinical neuropsychology. In his free time, he enjoys being active in most outdoor activities.

Ethan Asher

Ethan is a sophomore student majoring in Psychology. He is interested in the effect substance abuse has on cognition. His goals after graduation are to work with people affected by substance abuse issues and pursue a career in clinical psychology. In his free time, he loves to play soccer and golf, as well as spend time with friends and family.

Breanna Jones

Breanna is a senior student pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Biology at the University of Arkansas. At the moment, Breanna’s main research interests include traumatic memories and their influence on neurological processes as well as Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. After graduating she plans to attend graduate school to obtain her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology. When not in the lab, she enjoys traveling, cooking and watching live theatre.

Alanah Claybaugh

Alanah is a senior student majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Arkansas. Alanah is interested in a broad range of neuroscience topics, but she is particularly interested in understanding how mindfulness can help us achieve better physical, mental, and emotional health. Once she graduates in May, Alanah plans to pursue a graduate degree in a related program. In her free time, Alanah enjoys activities such as cooking, yoga, spending time with friends, and furniture restoration. 

Whitney Davis

Whitney is an honors junior psychology student with a minor in anthropology. She is interested in researching the effects of technology use on children and adolescents regarding their creative problem solving and attention. Her plans following graduation are to pursue a Ph.D in experimental psychology. In her spare time, Whitney loves to travel, create art, and be outdoors. 

Lucas Bellaiche

Lucas is a junior honors undergraduate triple majoring in psychology, mathematics, and music. Lucas, formerly a member of the Music Cognition Lab with Dr. Margulis, is interested in cognitive neuroscience with an emphasis in music cognition within the brain, including processes relating to emotion and imagination. His future plans are to obtain an doctoral degree in neuroscience and become a professor within the field. Outside of the lab, Lucas enjoys playing tennis, playing in the University of Arkansas saxophone studio, and traveling.