Learning Lab People

 
 
 

Learning Lab
People

Dr. Ji Son, LAB Director

Dr. Son is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on how people learn and generalize their learning to new situations. The central idea behind her work is that learning changes the way we SEE the world! Many of the studies in the Learning Lab examines the role of perception in how young children learn abstract ideas, such as math and science.


Area: Cognitive development, category learning, perceptual learning, learning and transfer

Alumni

Students who have worked with Dr. Ji in the past:


Yu Zhang

Ph.D., Graduate student @ UC Santa Cruz, class of 2019


Craig Terasawa

M.S.W., Graduate student @ Azusa Pacific University, class of 2014


Phoutdavone "Noy" Phimphasone

Ph.D., Graduate student @ UNC, Charlotte, class of 2016


Katerina Schenke

Ph.D., Graduate student @ UCI, class of 2015


K.P. Thai

Ph.D., Graduate student @ UCLA, class of 2014


Stacy Einikis

M.A., Graduate student @ Adler School of Professional Psychology, class of 2010


Michelle Leslie

Psy.D., Graduate student @ University of Indianapolis, class of 2011


Megan Haselschwerdt

Ph.D., Graduate student @ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, class of 2012

Cynthia Alarcon, Research Assistant

Hello! My name is Cynthia Alarcon and I am working towards my Bachelor's degree in psychology. Volunteering plays a significant role in my life, as the opportunity to mentor and tutor young minds is something I have a passion for. I am confident that the knowledge I acquire at Cal State LA will allow me to make a  greater difference in the lives of students. When I am not in school or volunteering, I enjoy reading books unrelated to vampires, expanding my extensive collection of quirky socks, or simply driving around, lost, and enjoying every second of it—as long as my tank is full.

Veena Vongvaravipatr, Research Assistant

Veena is interested in pursuing a research degree in psychology, particularly in the applications of psychology to business.  She is part of the quantitative reasoning study which examines the role of college education in improving basic reasoning skills in a variety of domains.

Louis Lopez, Research Assistant

I am working toward a BA in psychology and plan to pursue graduate school (preferably abroad). Through participating in research I hope to broaden my understanding of different sub-fields in psychology. I have interests in cognitive science, health psychology, and forensic psychology. I wish to apply the skills that I learn and utilize them in my future endeavors.

Veena Vongvaravipatr, Research Assistant

Veena is interested in pursuing a research degree in psychology, particularly in the applications of psychology to business.  She is part of the quantitative reasoning study which examines the role of college education in improving basic reasoning skills in a variety of domains.

Matthew Mora, Research Assistant

My name is Matt. This is my graduating year at CSULA. I am from Hotevilla, Arizona. I am interested in school psychology and want to be involved in current psychological research being done at the university. Research about cognition will help me gain a better understanding of a student's mind and the perspective of a learner. 

Veena Vongvaravipatr, Research Assistant

Veena is interested in pursuing a research degree in psychology, particularly in the applications of psychology to business.  She is part of the quantitative reasoning study which examines the role of college education in improving basic reasoning skills in a variety of domains.

Abel Garcia, Research Assistant

Abel Garcia, is a pre-med undergraduate student at California State University, Los Angeles and is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. He is interested in interested in cognitive neuroscience and is currently involved in a project that examines learning concepts and changing attitudes in biology. Aside from research he enjoys volunteering and helping his community as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Mariela Rivas, Graduate Student

Mariela is a graduate student in the MA in psychology program. Her research interests include human learning and memory and how the principles of cognitive science can be applied to instruction. She hopes that her experiences in the research lab will prepare her for acceptance into a PhD program.