Our Team

Principle Investigator: John Grundy


My name is Aslı Yurtsever. I am a 1st year Ph.D. student and graduate assistant in cognitive psychology at Iowa State University. I got my bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in cognitive psychology from Koç University, Turkey. My research interests include multilingualism, executive functions, and memory-language interface. We are currently working on bilingual children’s executive functioning and bilingual individuals’ visual processing. In my spare time, I love to cook, do yoga, and learn new languages.



Undergraduate Assistants

Hi, I am Gavin Oliver and I am a senior studying psychology and math with a minor in philosophy.  I am currently running participants for an experiment I created last year.  This experiment is called how recent experiences influence memory and it looks at how lying repeatedly about recent experiences can influence one’s memory measured via the DRM paradigm.  I will be graduating after this academic year and am applying to graduate schools right now for the Fall of 2022.  I hope to continue improving the experiment I have now and make slight alterations to see how the data changes.  In general, I hope to get my Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and specifically do research on memory and the various theories engulfing memory.  I want to become a professor and do research (though I’d also like to teach as well) after I get my Ph.D. since this has been my dream since I was a wee lad.

My name is Abbi Byrne and I am a senior majoring in psychology. I am from Waukesha Wisconsin. Here at Iowa State I am part of the executive team for Psych club and a member of Alpha Phi. In my free time I enjoy going on runs and working out, spending time on the lake, and just being with friends and family. After I graduate from Iowa State, I plan on going to grad school to receive my Ph.D and pursue a career as a sport psychologist.



Hi, I’m Sophie Sorenson. I’m a Psychology and Math with applications major with minors in computer science and biology. I intend to go into computational neuroscience and machine learning. In my free time I enjoy playing guitar, listening to ska, and watching tv. My favorite color is prismatic.



My name is Madison Van Otterloo. I am a sophomore majoring in psychology. I am from Greenfield, Iowa. This is my first in-person semester working in the lab. I am currently working with Nicole Hayes on her Mindfulness Meta-Analysis. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends, running, reading, trying to cook, and hanging out with my pet ferrets Tito and Pablo!



My name is Brianna Baker and I am a transfer junior at Iowa State. I am pursuing my undergraduate in Psychology, and I plan to continue on to get my graduate degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. I currently work part time as a CNA at Green Hills in Ames, and I am a member of Psych Club and SALT. My favorite part about working in the Grundy Lab is that I get to share something I enjoy and am passionate about with other people.