We believe that our science is better with a diverse team. We embrace and encourage our lab members’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, socio-economic status, and other characteristics that make our lab members who they are.

Ralf Schmaelzle, Ph.D., Associate Professor

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Nolan Jahn, BA/MA (Neuroscience, MSU/Communication, MSU), PhD student of Communication
Research Assistant

Sue Lim, M.A. (Communication, University of Wisconsin), Ph.D. student of Communication
Research Area Human-AI communication, communication neuroscience

Hee Jung Cho, BA/MA (English Language and Literature & Television and Film/ Communication & Media, Ewha Womans University), PhD student of Communication
Research Area: Persuasion, Cognitive Processing, Communication Neuroscience, Health Communication, Emotion

Wenyuan Li, BA (Advertising, Beijing Technology and Business University), MA student of Communication.
Research Area: Human-AI Communication, Health Communication, Communication Neuroscience

Xiaoran Cui, BA (Advertising, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics), MA student of Communication.
Research Area: Health Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Neuroscience, Persuasion.

Taenyun Kim, BA/MS (Psychology & Informatics / Interaction Science, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea), PhD Student of Inforamtion and Media (Cognitive Science Specialization).
Research Area: Human-Agent (AI & Robots) Communication, Communication Neuroscience, Trust, Morality, Mental Models

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Mass Communication, Ali Syed Hussain, University of Sharjah, Department of Mass Communication, Sharjah, UAE

Cognitive Communication Science Lab, PI Richard Huskey, UC Davis, Department of Communication, Davis, CA, USA

Communication Neuroscience Lab, PI Emily Falk, UPenn, Annenberg School for Communication, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Medical Psychology and Sociology, Steffen Walter, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany

Schupp Lab, University of Konstanz, Department of Psychology, Konstanz, Germany

Social Media and Neuroscience Lab, Dar Meshi, Department of Advertising, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA


Shelby Wilcox, Ph.D, (communication)
The lab’s second doctoral student; Interpersonal and Health Communication & Neuroscience, Research Scientist, Columbus, Ohio

Juncheng Wu, Ph.D, (communication)
Ph.D. student; Visiting Scholar from Chinese Communication University (CUC), Bejing, China

Joshua A. Baldwin, Ph.D, (communication)
Ph.D. student; Work on using computer vision for content analysis of screen media; Media Neuroscience, now PostDoc at University of Georgia

Qijia Ye, M.A., (communication)
Media Neuroscience, now Ph. D. student at University of Pennsylvania

Clare Grall, Ph.D, (communication)
The lab’s first doctoral student, Media Neuroscience, PostDoc at Dartmouth College, Research Scientist, StoryFit

Amanda Allard, B.A. (communication)
Master student in communication, Research Assistant

Kevin Kryston (communication)
PhD student, Communication 2017-2018, Independent Study: CRM Analysis

Joomi Lee
PhD student, Communication 2017-2018, Inspirational Message Processing

Ali Hussain
PhD student, now Assistant Professor at Arizona State University 2017-2018, Communication Campaigns, Message Effects

Yi Yan
Master, Communication SS 2017, Independent Study, “Social” brain network visualization in Python.

David Sherwood
Undergraduate, Linguistics SS 2017, Independent Study, Linguistic Analysis of Narratives in Python

Nolan Jahn
Undergraduate, Neuroscience SS 2017, Independent Study, Brain Segmentation, 3d Printing, & Virtual Reality Brain Modeling