Principal Investigator


Gavin Price


I’m originally from South Africa, but grew up in the UK, where I completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of York, and MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology at UCL. I then moved to Finland where I completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, studying the neural bases of developmental dyscalculia, a specific math learning disability. I then moved to Canada for a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. In my free time I enjoy making pottery, watching football (‘soccer’), listening to music, collecting records, and racquet sports.


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Post-Doctoral Research Scholar

Andrew Lynn

I am a first-generation, queer, developmental cognitive neuroscientist. I attended Penn State University where I received my B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience. After undergrad, I worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with Drs. Bea Luna and Kirsten O’Hearn studying the development of face processing in autism. I recently completed my Ph.D. at Brown University where I worked with Dr. Dima Amso studying the development of visual processing and visual attention across childhood. Aside from research, I’m a dog-lover, foodie, and yogi.

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Research Scientist

Benjamin Conrad
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I am a research scientist in the Numerical Brain Lab at Vanderbilt and a Nashville native. I received a B.S. in Pre-Graduate Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2012, further exploring my passion for understanding the brain through minors in Neuroscience and Philosophy. In 2013, I joined the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science as a research assistant, where I worked on a variety of neuroimaging projects looking at the functional and structural properties of both brain and spinal cord in healthy and diseased populations, including multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. As a member of the Numerical Brain Lab, I will be focusing on the neurobiological underpinnings of number processing as well as how these brain networks and representations mature in early school-age children. I am interested in applying advanced computational and imaging methods to tackle these questions. Outside of research, you may find me golfing, cooking, or most often, doing dad stuff with my daughters, three and ten years old!

Lab Manager/Project Coordinator

Amanda Goodwin 

I grew up on the Kansas side of Kansas City, earned my B.S. in Psychology at the University of Central Missouri, then moved to Long Island, New York where I received a M.A. in Psychology at Adelphi University. During my graduate career, I worked extensively in an EEG lab at the City College of New York in Manhattan. I recently moved to the Nashville area to work for the Numerical Brain Lab! I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology; my research interests include childhood trauma and its effect on the development of internalizing disorders in adolescence, specifically the manifestation of anxiety disorders; neurological and psychosomatic effects of trauma; and general manifestations of trauma in the body. I’m a passionate foodie, dog lover, true-crime podcast aficionado, and (as someone from the Great Plains) these Tennessee mountains are my newest obsession.

Research Assistants

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Yun Gi Hwang 

I earned my B.A. in Psychology with Honors at the University of Michigan and I completed a senior honors thesis with the Language and Literacy Lab under Dr. Ioulia Kovelman. I recently moved to Nashville to work for the Numerical Brain Lab at Vanderbilt University! I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Human Development; my research interests include how parents influence children's bilingualism and culture. Outside of research, I love trying new restaurants, rooting for Michigan athletics, and relaxing at the beach!

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Dominique Lopiccolo 

I am a linguist-turned-cognitive science enthusiast thanks to the classical works of Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf. This led me to pursue a B.A. in TES/FL and linguistics at Liberty University where I studied the intersection of music, language, and cognition under Drs. Jaeshil Kim and Paul Müller. I later received an M.A. in applied linguistics at Boston University where I became more deeply acquainted with the fields of psycholinguistics and bilingualism under my advisor Dr. Charles B. Chang. There I stumbled upon papers on abstract concept development, which ultimately led me to numerical cognition. Because of my love of linguistics and my newfound love of numerical cognition, I mixed the two and completed research on the SNARC effect among Arabic monoliterates and Arabic-English biliterates both in the U.S. and Jordan. I continued this research on a Fulbright Scholarship to Jordan in 2019-2020, which was unfortunately cut short due to COVID-19. In the future, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience or developmental psychology. In the meantime, I'm thrilled to be a part of the exciting research here at the Numerical Brain Lab. Outside the lab, I enjoy biking, playing piano, watching Christopher Nolan films, and exploring the local music scene in Nashville. 



Olive enjoys grass, sticks, and belly rubs. She graces the lab with her presence daily and goes to the bathroom on her own terms. 

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Master's Research Assistants

Caelan Alexander
Tiffany Tran
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Alexander French
Emily Gresser
Evan Poythress
Sonia Subramanian
Tony Terraciano
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Darren J. Yeo

Past Position: Graduate Student

Current Position: Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University

Lisa Venanzi

Past Position: Lab Manager/Project Coordinator

Current Position: Doctoral Student (Clinical Psychology) at Vanderbilt University

Sharo G. Costa

Past Position: Research Assistant

Current Position: Medical Student at Michigan State University

Adam Kaminski

Past Position: Research Assistant

Current Position: Doctoral Student at Georgetown University

Courtney Pollack

Past Position: Post-Doc

Current Position: Post-Doc at the Gabrieli Lab, MIT

Eric D. Wilkey

Past position: Graduate Student

Current Position: Post-Doc at the University of Western Ontario


Alex Ford

Past Position: Masters Student Research Assistant

Maryann Wanjau
Past Position: Masters Student Research Assistant

Ryanne DeSpain
Past Position: Masters Student Research Assistant

Conor Rayel
Past Position: Masters Student Research Assistant

Ellen Andrews

Past Position: Neuroscience Honors Student

Kevin Sun

Past Position: Neuroscience Honors Student

Charles Neal

Past Position: Neuroscience Honors Student

Jordan Barone

Past Position: Neuroscience Honors Student

Gabby Freitag

Past Position: Neuroscience Honors Student