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CNS Trainee Association (CNSTA)

The Cognitive Neuroscience Society Trainee Association (CNSTA) exists to represent the student and post doc affiliates of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) and serve in an advisory capacity to the CNS Executive Committee.

Mission Statement

CNSTA Constitution

Officers

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Mission Statement

The CNSTA exists to represent the student and post doc affiliates of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) and serve in an advisory capacity to the CNS Executive Committee. As such, the CNSTA is committed to:

  • Promoting and advancing the interests of scientific research done by students and post docs.
  • Enhancing the professional development of its student members through opportunities for collaboration and networking.
  • To foster student and post doc unity.
  • To develop and organize events, projects, and subcommittees with the goal of benefiting the student and post doc members of CNS.

The Constitution of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Trainee Association

(ratified March 22, 2005)

CNSTA Constitution


Officers

The current CNSSA Committee

Amy Belfi, Chair

New York University

Tony Cunningham,Vice Chair

University of Notre Dame

Amy Belfi, Chair

New York University

I am a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Psychology at New York University. I completed my B.A. in Psychology at St. Olaf College in 2010 and my Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Iowa in 2015. In my dissertation work, I investigated the neural basis of music-evoked emotions and autobiographical memories by studying patients with focal brain damage. Currently, I work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at NYU focusing on the field of neuroaesthetics. I am using fMRI and psychophysical methods to investigate the temporal dynamics underlying aesthetic experiences in response to music, poetry, and visual art.

Tony Cunningham, Vice Chair

University of Notre Dame

I am a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, where I also completed my B.A in Psychology and Pre-professional studies and M.A. in Clinical Psychology. My long-term research focus is on understanding the roles of sleep and stress in memory processing, and how knowledge of these systems may be applicable to clinical populations. In choosing to pursue clinical training within a cognitive neuroscience lab, I am working toward the goal of carving a niche at the intersection between neuroscience and clinical practice. My Master’s Thesis focused on the effect of psychosocial stress on the early consolidation of emotional memory across sleep between cohorts of healthy and depressed individuals. Other interests include examining the effect of sleep on psychophysiological and subjective reactivity to emotional and neutral images across various delays of sleep and wake.