Rob Cortes – Study Coordinator

Rob Cortes joined the lab in the Fall of 2016. He is a Senior in the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in Philosophy and Psychology. Rob is primarily interested in studying the cognitive foundations of the creative process, potential ways to improve state creativity, and effective methods of measuring creative anxiety. In addition, Rob is interested in using transcranial electrical stimulation on particular neural networks to augment various cognitive abilities, such as relational reasoning, working memory, executive function, and creativity. Rob has experience with fMRI analysis, MATLAB, tDCS, eye tracking, Eprime, and Mturk. 

In his role as Study Coordinator for the lab's NSF-funded study of concept development and reasoning in real-world high school STEM education, Rob coordinates participant recruitment from local Virginia high schools, interfaces with students, families, teachers, and school administrators, develops tasks and stimuli to be completed during fMRI scans, and facilitates data collection and analysis of behavioral and brain-imaging data. Outside of the lab, Rob's favorite activities include listening to music, working as a barista at Starbucks, and playing with his puppy Garth.