Research Assistants




Peyton Jennings 

Peyton is a junior honors student majoring in psychology. Her research interests include the study of behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, specifically focusing on synaptic plasticity and neurobiology of learning and memory. When not doing research or studying, Peyton plays tennis for the University of Arkansas Women’s tennis team, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Students

Emily Daniels

Emily is a junior honors student majoring in psychology/pre-medical and minoring in biology, hoping to pursue a career in psychiatry or neurology after medical school. Emily is interested in a variety of neuroscience research areas, including memory and learning, but is most interested in studying the underlying causes of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. In her spare time, Emily enjoys going for long runs with her cocker spaniel, Lady, volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association, and staying up to date with current events and U.S. politics.

Linzi Oppenheimer
Linzi is a senior honors thesis student majoring in psychology and minoring in French and biology at the University of Arkansas. Her thesis, Specificity of Imagination as a Means of Reducing Anxiety in Generalized Anxiety Disorder, involves investigating the role of imagining worrisome events and its effect on the self-reported and physiological anxiety in participants with GAD symptoms. Linzi is hoping to pursue a career in therapy, primarily with victims of rape or domestic abuse. In addition to working in a neuroscience lab, she is active in the Hillel Jewish Student Association, a CNA, and a religious school teacher at Temple Shalom. In her spare time she enjoys reading, binge watching Netflix, and listening to show tunes.
Caleb Markovich

Caleb is a senior student majoring in psychology with a minor in Marketing and Spanish at the University of Arkansas. He is interested in exploring the cognitive processes of creativity and imagination. His future academic plans include a pursuit of Clinical Psychology studying the mental health of marginalized people groups. In his free-time, Caleb works with the NWA Center for Equality advocating LGBTQ rights and volunteers at 7Hills homeless center.

Rebecca White

After graduating from the University of Arkansas in May of 2018 with a degree in Psychology, I decided to take a gap year in order to assist Dr. Zabelina with her research, as well as delve deeper into my own interests before committing to a Ph.D program. Cognitive neuroscience has always been my greatest overarching interest, but I am specifically fascinated by perceptual experiences and how they are processed in the brain. Since I am also a freelance visual artist, I am compelled by the sense of vision and hope to someday conduct individual research on feature detectors and how visual information is grouped/processed past V1, in areas like the posterior parietal cortex and the fusiform gyrus. Additionally, I take interest in the “tricking” of this system, and hope to conduct research on as well as create my own optical illusions.

Elise Lindsey

Elise is a sophomore honors student majoring in Biology and Psychology with a Pre-Medical focus. She hopes to pursue a career in neurosurgery or radiology after completing medical school. Her research interests include a wide variety of  neuroscience topics, specifically  dreaming, cognition, and abnormal functions. When not in the lab, Elise enjoys baking, staying involved in her sorority, and spending time with friends and family.


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.

Brianna Stoner

Bri is a senior student pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at the University of Arkansas. Bri is currently interested in researching psychopathology, relationships, and self-regulation. After graduating in May, she plans to attend graduate school to earn her Ph.D in Clinical or Experimental Psychology. When not doing research, Bri loves to spend time with her friends and snuggle with her kitten Jax.