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Laura Bustamante

Laura Bustamante


Department Neuroscience
Faculty Adviser Jonathan Cohen
Year of Study G3
Undergraduate Institution University of Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Major Biological Basis of Behavior


Personal Bio
I am a Cuban American graduate student in neuroscience. As a Latina, my passion for addressing disparities endemic to minority and urban youth populations compels my research. Prominent among my long-term goals is to evaluate interventions to improve cognitive control, allowing individuals to be better equipped to pursue their goals. I was in the McNair Scholars program in college and believe strongly in the power of mentorship to promote the success of underrepresented students.
Fun Fact I was an all-american snowboarder in college!
Research Keywords Cognitive control
Research Pitch How do you decide whether a difficult task is worth doing? We are investigating persistence, the amazing capacity to engage in effortful tasks in order to serve later goals. Often, such as when writing a paper, these tasks are demanding because they require cognitive control. Cognitive control encompasses the set of functions that regulate more basic attention-, memory-, language-, and action-related faculties and coordinate their activity in the service of specific tasks. All else being equal, people will prefer not to exert control, but can be motivated to do so. What factors motivate the use of control and how are these factors represented in the brain?
Meet and Greet 10/12 Yes, I will attend
Meet and Greet 10/13 Attendance TBA
Meet and Greet 10/17 Attendance TBA
Meal for Mentoring 11/14 Attendance TBA
Meal for Mentoring 11/15 Attendance TBA

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