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  • Stephanie Nail

    Stephanie Nail

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Political Science

    BioI am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University working with Douglas Rivers, Morris Fiorina, and David Brady. I obtained a PhD in Political Science in July 2019 from the University of California, Merced. I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Mathematics) and Managerial Economics with a minor in Statistics from the University of California, Davis in 2014.

    I study how people use information to make decisions with methodology ranging from experimental studies and instrumental variables to spatial models and new measures. My current methodological interests include experiments, survey sampling, design, and analysis, Bayesian statistical inference, mathematical statistics, causal inference, and behavioral game theory. Substantively, my current interests include the study of information, party identification, polarization, judgement and decision-making, political behavior, and legislative politics.

    At the undergraduate level, I have taught "Introduction to Judgment and Decision Making," an upper-division course that incorporates the foundations of information processing and biases while applying them to real life situations in political science, cognitive science, economics, and management.

  • Martin Noergaard

    Martin Noergaard

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychology

    BioMartin Noergaard did his PhD with the title "optimizing preprocessing pipelines in PET/MR neuroimaging" at the University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with University of Toronto, and the Martinos Center (MGH/Harvard-MIT). Martin has a strong expertise in medical image analysis, and is heavily involved in data sharing initiatives, standardization/evaluation of workflows for PET brain imaging, and developing the BIDS standard for PET imaging.

  • Jessica Ploetz Nowicki

    Jessica Ploetz Nowicki

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biology

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI am broadly interested in how pro-sociality and underlying neural mechanisms have evolved across animals. Currently, I seek to determine whether the ~450 MYO history of vertebrate pair bonding has relied on repeatedly co-opting similar neural mechanisms.
    To test this idea, I use an integrative approach that couples comparative with functional neuroethology.