Lab Members

Elena Leib Elena Leib  •  eleib @

I study learning, reasoning, and executive functions in children and the relationships among them. I am especially interested in relational reasoning in the domains of math and science. I am also interested in using eye-tracking to better understand how learning unfolds over time. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with honors in 2015. My research is generously supported by the Berkeley Fellowship.

Monica Ellwood-Lowe  •  mellwoodlowe @

Monica graduated from Stanford with honors in 2015. As a graduate student working jointly in the Bunge Lab and the Language and Cognitive Development Lab at Berkeley, she uses behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging methods to explore how children’s early experiences shape their linguistic and cognitive development. In particular, she asks whether growing up in traditionally disadvantaged homes may confer particular cognitive advantages, as an adaptation to the environment. Monica’s work is generously supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship.


Paulo Laurence  •  p.laurence @

I study ways to improve our performance in cognitive demanding tasks. My main focus of research is on cognitive strategies, captured with eye tracking, in different types of tasks. I am a Ph.D. candidate from Mackenzie Presbyterian University (São Paulo, Brazil) and received a scholarship to study with Prof. Silvia Bunge in UC Berkeley. Our project will investigate how visual cognitive strategies applied in reasoning tests change according to age and whether there is a relationship between these visual cognitive strategies and school performance. My research is funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

WillaVoorhiesWillia Voorhies  •  wvoorhies1 @

Willia is a graduate student working with Kevin Weiner’s Cognitive Neuroanatomy Lab and Silvia Bunge.