Team

Jorge Morales

Jorge Morales

Lab Director

 

Jorge is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Philosophy. He’s interested in the mind’s subjectivity: how subjectivity permeates our perceptual representations, how perceptual awareness emerges from brain activity, and how we know our own minds. His interdisciplinary research program integrates tools from psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy to study the interplay between perception, consciousness, and introspection. Before joining Northeastern, Jorge earned a PhD from Columbia University and was a postdoc at Johns Hopkins. Jorge was born and raised in Mexico City, where he obtained an MA at Mexico’s National University (UNAM) and a BA from Universidad Panamericana. Jorge is currently obsessed with the Rubik’s cube.

         

j.morales@northeastern.edu

Dillon Plunkett

Dillon Plunkett

Post-doctoral Researcher

 

Dillon is interested in consciousness, complex thought, and the relationship between the two. Which mental processes do we consciously experience and what determines the character of those experiences? What kinds of thoughts are we capable of thinking and how does the brain encode them? He investigates these questions using neuroimaging, computational modeling, and behavioral experiments. He did his PhD research at Harvard with Joshua Greene. Before that, he studied philosophy at Harvard as an undergraduate and was a lab manager at UC Berkeley with Tania Lombrozo and Tom Griffiths. Outside of research, Dillon is interested in climbing, physics, wilderness conservation, and team games (with a particular fondness for bughouse chess). His favorite color is purple.

      

d.plunkett@northeastern.edu

Michael McPhee

Michael McPhee

Graduate Student

 

Michael McPhee is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology. His research focuses on consciousness, perception and metacognition, and uses psychophysics, pupillometry and neuroimaging to investigate conscious awareness in neurotypical people and patients with disorders of consciousness. Before coming to Northeastern, Michael was a Junior Research Scientist and Lab Manager in the Ripollés Lab at New York University, the Assistant to the Associate Director of NYU’s Music and Audio Research Laboratory (MARL), and a research assistant in the Laboratory of Neural Systems at Rockefeller University. Michael received a B.A. in Biology, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science from Williams College in 2015. Outside of the lab, Michael loves to bike around Boston, overanalyze TV shows, and play pool.

mcphee.mi@northeastern.edu

Saurish Srivastava

Saurish Srivastava

Research Assistant

 

Saurish is a rising high school senior at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, California. He is most interested in exploring the function of the mind through neuroscience, philosophy, and computation, as well as exploring consciousness through an interdisciplinary lens. Saurish is currently studying the domain-generality of metacognition. He is a double nationally-qualified debater, and outside of his research, Saurish enjoys hosting the Dialexicon Podcast, running with his Labradoodle, and playing basketball or volleyball with his friends. Visit Saurish’s website to check out all of his many cool projects.

   

me@saurish.com

Krissy Kilgallen

Krissy Kilgallen

Research Program Coordinator

 

Krissy is a fourth year Psychology major with a minor in Sociology. She is interested in an interdisciplinary approach to consciousness, contemplative science and embodied cognition. The question that most drives her research interests is: How do we experience and create meaning in our lives—cognitively (explaining and interpreting events), perceptually (through the senses with a neural basis) and existentially (feeling our lives have a greater purpose)? Krissy is currently exploring various introspective methodologies and their potential for providing new ways to understand the mind. Her interest in introspection and consciousness is not limited to theory—Krissy is also a yoga teacher!   

kilgallen.k@northeastern.edu