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Nichole Lighthall, Ph.D.

Nichole Lighthall’s postdoctoral research with Roberto Cabeza and Scott Huettel aims to determine how memory function affects economic decision making in aging using neuroimaging techniques. She is also interested in how emotion and motivation impact decision making across the lifespan. Nichole joined the Duke Center for Cognitive Neuroscience after completing her Ph.D. in gerontology with Mara Mather at the University of Southern California. Nichole’s dissertation work used fMRI to examine the impact of acute stress on learning and decision making in younger and older adults. She originally hails from Redding, CA and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Berkeley.

View Nichole’s CV here.