Mentor: Dr. Natalie Ebner
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I got involved in research because I loved my psychology courses, but wanted to learn about the field in a setting outside of the classroom. I wanted to engage in the process of asking questions and exploring answers about human behavior. I was also drawn to the idea of working with others who shared this same enthusiasm for science and developmental psychology, in particular. Working in this lab has been a fantastic learning experience that has given me a passion for research."
- Cognitive Aging
- Language Development
- Social Cognition
- Dean's List 2012, 2013
- Anderson Scholar 2014
- UF English Language Institute
- St. Francis House
Hobbies and Interests
Effects of Chronic Oxytocin Administration on Cognitive Performance in Older Adults
In this clinical trial, older adults will self-administer oxytocin or a placebo twice a day for four weeks. Before and after this intervention phase, participants will complete various cognitive and physical performance measures. Participants’ performance will be compared between the placebo and the oxytocin group pre- vs. post-intervention. My project will focus on changes in cognitive functioning in older adults--in particular, changes in performance on the California Verbal Learning Test. I hypothesize statistically significant improvement in performance in the CVLT in the oxytocin compared to the placebo group after the four-week intervention phase. The project is clinically relevant in that it has the potential to reveal pharmacological interventions targeted to improve cognition in older adults.