The Cognition & Neurocognitive Disorders Research Lab focuses on investigating basic and applied questions related to cognition in both healthy and clinical populations. Our approach is to integrate and apply the conceptually rich perspectives of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, and neurobiology to further our understanding of cognitive dysfunction that results from neurologic conditions, including multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury. Understanding disrupted cognitive and neural mechanisms associated with cognitive impairment will potentially lead to new interventions that substantially improve the quality of life of individuals living with these conditions.


A more detailed overview of our research approach can be found here.

Lab Fall 2017. Paula, Luis, Stephanie, Zerbrina, Renee, Vanessa, Alex, Rachel, Alex, Jinal, Erin, Nathaly, Josh (not pictured: Jessie & Hannah)



  • Mark Zuppichini, M.A. defended his Masters Thesis!
  • Victoria Winters, M.A. defended her Masters Thesis!
  • Nathaly Vera was awarded the Student Scholar Achievement Award by the psychology department!!
  • Alex Buchanan was awarded the Distinguished Student Award by the psychology department!!
  • MSU Psychology Department opens new Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology, now accepting applications.
  • Alex Buchanan was awarded  University-wide Distinguished Student Leader Award for Outstanding Mentorship!
  • Mark Zuppichini was accepted to the Cognition & Neuroscience Ph.D. program at UT Dallas! Congratulations and Best of Luck!!!
  • Besarta Shehu, Jessie Rothberg, Mark Zuppichini, Alex Buchanan, Chris DeVries, Vanessa Gomez, Megan Groner, Jonathan Marino, Jessica Ruiz, Nathaly Vera, Natasha Vilanova & Hannah Ovadia all had co-authored talks or posters accepted to the MSU 2017 research symposium.
  • Congratulations to Jessica Rothberg, Alexandra Buchanan & Jessica Ruiz who will co-present their poster, Evaluating the interrelationship between depression, anxiety, and pattern separation: A hippocampal hypothesis, at the upcoming APS Convention in Boston
  • Jessica Rothberg & Mark Zuppichini had a poster accepted as co-authors for the upcoming 2017 Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers in New Orleans.
  • Mark Zuppichini & Jessica Rothberg co-presented a poster at the 2017 International Neuropsychological Society Meeting in New Orleans.


  • Best of luck to Steven Ureta & Jennifer Hernandez who both spent two semesters in the lab!
  • Victoria Winters proposed her Masters Thesis.
  • Mark Zuppichini, Nathan Zlochevsky & Natasha Vilanova along with co-authors presented a poster at the Psychonomic Society 57th Annual Meeting in Boston.
  • Jennifer Hernandez & Natasha Vilanova received academic scholarships from the psychology department for their exceptional academic performance and their outstanding contributions as research assistants.
  • Victoria Winters & Mark Zuppichini both presented talks at the MSU 2016 research symposium.


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