Lab Members

Current Lab Members:


Chloe Burkhead

I am a junior Psychology major at Rhodes College. I joined Dr. Haberman’s team this fall after enjoying a Perception class he taught last semester. I am also a part of Dr. Cook’s team in the Psychology department; we study portrayals of the mentally ill in print media. This summer in his lab, I had a research fellowship studying the historical stigmatization of this group through text and image content in the long-influential publication, LIFE.   My project in the Visual Cognition Lab combines the spirit of my summer research with my new-found love for vision science: I want to understand how people perceive images of individuals labeled with a mental illness in comparison the same individuals who do not carry that label. Off campus, I work at a local Memphis deli on some weeknights and weekends. In my free time, I practice yoga, knit hats and scarves, and play with my pets, Mr. Bingley and Kermit. After my undergraduate career, I hope to enter a clinical psychology program or attend nursing school.


Ritika Mazumder

I am a junior Neuroscience major and Spanish minor. I joined Dr. Haberman’s Visual Cognition Lab a year ago and have been working on how observers perceive the size of artificial limbs. I am mainly interested in determining any perceptual biases exhibited by participants in perceiving prostheses and evaluating which factors may be responsible for such trends. Additionally, I was the recipient of the 2015 Rhodes College Korsakov Award for an outstanding student in Psychology, and I am an inducted member of Mortar Board, Nu Rho Psi, Psi Chi, and Beta Beta Beta Honor Societies. Outside of the Lab, I also do clinical neuroscience research at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and volunteer at the Regional One Trauma Center. I have been involved with GlobeMed non-profit in the past and I am currently serving as an officer with various organizations on campus under the Office of Multicultural Affairs. I am also a student mentor, a peer tutor and a tour guide for prospective students. After graduation, I aspire to attend Medical College and pursue a career as a surgeon.


Malerie McDowell

I’m a senior at Rhodes College, where I am a Neuroscience and Studio Art double major. I started working with Dr. Haberman in the Visual Cognition Lab my Sophomore year. I’ve been working on a project examining the effect of motion on how flattering we perceive an individual’s body to be. I’m also involved in a number of other activities on campus: I’m a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and I serve as President of the Art club in tandem with my position as a fellow in the Center for Outreach and Development in the Arts. I’ve also held a fellowship through the art department as a studio assistant for Dr. Erin Harmon in which I helped design and paint the set of the River Project for Ballet Memphis. At the same time I also helped to teach an art camp at the Refugee Empowerment Program through a CODA grant and held a follow-up exhibition of this work at Crosstown Arts in Memphis. In addition to my community involvement, I’ve been committed to my studies, and recently spent some time studying abroad in Prague and Paris before being inducted into the Beta Beta Beta Biology honor society and Psi Chi Psychology honor society. After graduating Rhodes I hope to pursue a graduate degree in order to build a career in research.


Sneha Suresh

I am a second year student at Rhodes College. Although I have not declared a major yet, my interest in Neuroscience led me to start working with Dr. Haberman in the Visual Cognition Lab my first semester at Rhodes. I’m currently working on a project with Swati that measures the precision of ensemble information with the absence of stimuli. In addition to working in the Visual Cognition Lab, I spend my time volunteering at St. Jude where I work the Happy Cart which gives the patients the opportunity to get toys and games. I’m also involved in the Food Recovery Network, a club that recovers excess food waste from dining halls and provides it to soup kitchens; GlobeMed, which aims to improve the lives of those in poverty; and Active Minds, a club that bring mental health awareness. I also enjoy photography in my free time. After graduating from Rhodes, I hope to work in the medical field either as a physician or a researcher.


Sam Thomasson

I am a Junior Neuroscience and Creative Writing double major. With an interest in visual cognition, I joined Dr. Haberman’s research team this fall. I also work in the Rhodes athletic department and am the Vice-President and a captain of the Rhodes Ultimate Frisbee Team. In my free time I like to write fiction and design board games. After graduating from Rhodes I plan to pursue a graduate degree in Neuroscience.





Emma ZeeAbrahamsen

I’m a junior Neuroscience major and Philosophy minor. I really enjoy the different perspectives these two fields bring to questions of the mind, such as consciousness. I joined Dr. Haberman’s lab this past summer. I am currently working on a project that allows for a more precise assessment of ensemble representation abilities. I hope to start another project soon, focusing on eye tracking. I run Varsity Cross-Country in the fall semester and I run Varsity Track & Field in the spring semester. I am a long-distance runner and compete in events such as the 5K and 10K. In both cross-country and track we are defending SAA Conference Champions. I am an active member of Kappa Delta sorority where I hold a position in the Girl Scouts philanthropy committee. I also have an on campus job in the Athletics Building. When I am home in Atlanta, I babysit and also volunteer as a camp counselor for children with Type 1 Diabetes. After graduation, I plan to either attend nursing school to become a nurse practitioner or attend graduate school to continue neuroscience research.


Lab Alumni:


Swati Pandita



Hayden Schill

I was a Neuroscience major with a minor in Art History. I joined Dr. Haberman’s research lab in the spring of 2015 and was fortunate to be awarded a Neuroscience fellowship to continue research in summer 2015. My current project explores the capacity limitations of ensemble perception, which is our ability to quickly and efficiently detect the average of a group of similar items, such as crowd emotion or line orientation. Specifically, I look at the effects on performance when subjects are presented with multiple ensembles that span visual domains. Outside of school, I enjoy going to bookstores, playing the piano, and traveling whenever possible. I am currently a full time research assistant with Jeremy Wolfe at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA


Lauren Ulrich

I was a Neuroscience major with a minor in Classical Studies. I began working in Dr. Haberman’s lab spring semester of 2015. I looked at the perceptual benefit of amodally completing objects in ensemble perception. That is, whether individuals can accurately determine the average identity of amodally completing faces compared to images that display the same facial information but do not complete behind another object. I am currently in a physical therapy graduate program at William Carey University.