Members

Lab Director

Natalie C. Ebner Ph.D

Curriculum Vitae
natalie.ebner@ufl.edu

Natalie C. Ebner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Florida since Fall 2011. She received her Ph.D. in 2005 in Psychology with a particular focus on lifespan development and aging from the Free University of Berlin in Germany. She completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany, and at Yale University, where she worked as Associate Research Scientist before joining the faculty at University of Florida. Dr. Ebner’s research background is in lifespan development and cognitive and socio-emotional aging. Her research adopts an aging perspective on emotion, motivation, and social cognition and thus is at the intersection of developmental, social, and cognitive psychology. In particular, her research program focuses on examining the extent to which emotional (e.g., faces displaying different emotion expressions, positive and negative personality traits) and self-relevant information (e.g., related to one’s own age, personal goals and agendas, age stereotypes) affect attention, decision making, and memory, how these effects change across the adult lifespan, and what the consequences are for emotion regulation, health, and well-being. She conducts experimental research using a multi-methods approach that combines convergent measures, including self-report, behavior observation, eye tracking, genetics, hormonal markers, and functional neuroimaging techniques, with the aim to integrate introspective, behavioral, and neurobiological data. Some of her recent work is interventional with a specific orientation towards improvement of emotional, motivational, and social functioning in aging such as via medicinal products (e.g., oxytocin administration) as well as neurofeedback training.

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    Graduate Students

Tian Lin

Graduate Research Assistant
Curriculum Vitae
lintian0527@ufl.edu

Tian Lin’s primary research interest is in cognitive aging. In particular, he is intrigued by how emotional and motivational factors influence cognition across the adulthood. Recently, he plans to investigate how the perception of unfamiliar others in term of trustworthiness changes in adulthood and how the impression on trustworthiness affects memory in young and older adults.

Aylin Tasdemir

Graduate Research Assistant
Curriculum Vitae
atasdem@ufl.edu

Aylin earned her BA degree in Psychology at Halic University in Turkey in May 2008. She completed her master’s thesis on consistency in earliest memories of adults and received her master’s degree in cognition and development program at Emory University. She is interested in the development of autobiographical memory, mental time travel to the personal past and future planning, and childhood amnesia.

Marilyn Horta

Graduate Research Assistant
mhorta09@ufl.edu
Desiree Gulliford

Graduate Research Assistant
Curriculum Vitae
dgulliford@ufl.edu

Desiree is interested in structural and functional connectivity involved in socioemotional processing in the brain and how these change throughout the lifespan. She is particularly interested in the differences in developmental trajectory of these structures between genders.

Ian Frazier

Graduate Research Assistant
ianfrazier@ufl.edu

 

Lab Managers

Donovan Ellis                       
donovanmellis@ufl.edu

Devon Weir
d.weir@ufl.edu