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Rob Cortes - Graduate Student

Rob Cortes joined the Lab for Relational Cognition in the Fall of 2016 as a research assistant while completing his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy at Georgetown University. For his final semester as an undergraduate, Rob served as Study Coordinator for the lab's NSF-funded study of concept development and reasoning in real-world high school STEM education. After completing his undergraduate studies in May 2018, Rob joined the lab as a graduate student in the Summer of 2018 with support from the Patrick Healy Graduate Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. 

Rob is primarily interested in studying cognitive enhancement, which he pursues by (1) utilizing transcranial electrical brain stimulation to enhance various cognitive abilities and reveal the core functional brain networks that support them, (2) training participants to use spatial strategies when solving complex reasoning problems in order to improve their overall reasoning ability, and (3)  examining the cognitive mechanisms that facilitate our      ability to consciously augment our creative state. 

 Outside of the lab, Rob's favorite activities include listening  to music, playing video games, and taking his two dogs  (Garth and Wayne) on walks in the park.