Matthew Gervais received a PhD in Anthropology from UCLA and a BS in Psychobiology and Philosophy, with a certificate in Evolutionary Studies (EvoS), from Binghamton University, SUNY. His research is broadly concerned with the evolution of human social relationships and the proximate psychological mechanisms that support them, mixing methods from cognitive anthropology, behavioral ecology, social psychology, and experimental economics. In his extensive fieldwork, Matthew has studied the structure and functions of affect in villages on Yasawa Island, Fiji, and he has developed novel economic games that integrate recipient identities and tap the norms and sentiments that regulate enduring social relationships. His research in the US focuses on subclinical psychopathy as a model of strategic social behavior. He has published on the functions and phylogeny of emotions (e.g., humor and laughter), as well as on social interaction and evaluation (e.g., defector detection). He is also an accomplished ethnographic photographer, having received a Top Selection from the American Anthropological Association in 2012.
Sage Junior Research Fellowships
Corina Logan’s research integrates evolutionary biology, behavior, and cognition to understand the evolution of cognition in the field and lab. She has a BS degree in biology from the Evergreen State College where she studied tropical animal behavior, and a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Scholar researching social cognition in the crow family. Corina is investigating whether small brained birds possess sophisticated cognition, whether innovation requires sophisticated cognition, and how innovation and cognition evolve in the wild using a highly innovative bird, the great-tailed grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus), as a model system. She is also comparing the physical and social cognitive abilities of innovative grackles and New Caledonian crows (Corvus moneduloides) to determine what advantage the crows relatively large brains provide. Her work is funded by the SAGE Center and the National Geographic Society Waitt Grant. (Photo © Julia Leijola)
Rebecca Schaefer's research is primarily focused on the neuroscience of music imagination, and how imagination potentially affects perception and action. She completed an MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and an MSc in Music Cognition at Keele University, UK, both focusing on aspects of perceptual organisation of music. Subsequently, she obtained a PhD at the Donders Intitute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior of Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, focusing on developing cognitive tasks for Brain-Computer Interfaces, and specifically investigating the use of imagined music as a task to be decoded from the brain signal. Before coming to the SAGE Center at UCSB, she received a European Marie Curie fellowship to investigate the interaction of music and movement at the Institute for Music and Human Development (IMHSD) at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Margaret R. Tarampi received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Utah. Her research investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie spatial perception and cognition in special populations including individuals with visual impairments and spatial experts such as dancers and architects. Her other research interests include spatial thinking, perception and action, perspective taking, and kinesthetic imagery. Margaret's interdisciplinary background includes a Bachelor of Architectures from Carnegie Mellon University. Her interests in the effect of architecture on human experience brought her to the American Institute of Architects in Washington D.C. and then to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla CA. She is also an accomplished visual artist whose work explores the assumptions and manipulations of the human perceptual system.