Travis Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Smith joined the Language Research Center in 2016 as a Postdoctoral Associate.

He obtained his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2008 and both his M.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2014) from the Brain and Cognitive Sciences program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC).  His research experience has covered token reinforcement, conditioned reinforcement, and the effects of a traumatic brain injury on decision-making in rats.  A common theme in his work is to explore the concordance between human and nonhuman motivation and decision-making.

Dr. Smith is an active member of the Association of Behavior Analysis International since 2005 and the Society of the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior since 2007.  He has also participated in affiliated organizations, including the Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis and the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Smith has taught the Psychology of Learning and the Effects of Recreational Drugs on Mind and Body while at SIUC.

Dr. Smith is now at Kansas State University.

 

Molly Flessert

Ms. Flessert completed her Masters degree as a graduate student in the Cognitive Sciences program at Georgia State working with the COMIC lab.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Conservation Biology. She studied the fetal alcohol effects in rhesus macaque monkeys at the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology. After completing her Bachelors she spent two years as a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition where she studied face processing in rhesus macaques using fMRI and behavioral techniques.

Her research interests included metacognition, cognitive illusions, and problem solving.

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Courtney Creamer

Ms. Creamer is a graduate of Georgia State University. She joined the COMIC lab while still an undergradaute, and is now a Research Tech in the lab. She helped train new students in the lab, and she worked with children at the day care centers and with the monkeys at the Language Research Center.

She has presented her research in COMIC at a number of conferences, including SEPA and GSU's Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference and the GSU Undergraduate Research conference.