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Research team

Principal Investigator

David Sutterer, PhD.

Dr. Sutterer is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. He received his B.S. in Biology and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After that, he received an M.S. in Psychology at the University of Oregon, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He then completed postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt University. When he’s not in the lab, he enjoys hiking, birds, and fried cheese curds. Google Scholar | Twitter

Sage Bendickson

Sage received her B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy at North Dakota State University in 2023, where she predominantly studied working memory, reward processing, and behavioral responses to Aristotelian Ethics. She is broadly interested in research involving attention allocation, the elements of encoding information into working memory and long-term memory, and how fundamental cognitive components like these dictate decision-making skills.

Nick Schmitz

Nick graduated from Arizona State University in 2023 with degrees in Biology and Neuroscience. During his time at ASU, he worked with Dr. Gene Brewer, studying the effects of external stimuli on memory and creativity, eventually culminating in an honors thesis which looked at how acute pain can modulate convergent and divergent thinking. He is currently interested in scene memory, attention, and problem solving and investigates these topics using EEG, eye tracking, and behavioral methods.