Position: Ph.D. Student, Fifth Year
Fun Fact About Me:
Before starting graduate school, I lived overseas in Ecuador and taught English at a university in Quito.
I’m currently a fourth-year PhD student in the Cognition and Brain Science program. I’m from Northern California, and I completed my B.S. in psychology at UC Davis and my M.A. at San Francisco State University. Outside of research, I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time exploring places around Atlanta.
My research interests center on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of memory and attention. I am particularly interested in the temporal dynamics of these processes and the brain networks that support the interplay of attention and memory to yield successful behavioral performance. In previous work, I examined how intrinsic networks (e.g., the default mode and frontoparietal control networks) interact with each other and how the relationship between these networks correlates with trait mind wandering (see Godwin et al., 2017, Neuropsychologia). I am building upon this work in my dissertation to examine how attention fluctuations affect continuous behavioral performance and how the interaction of large-scale brain networks support these dynamics. I am particularly interested in taking a multimodal approach to examine these topics, and the methods I am applying in my dissertation incorporate behavioral performance, measurement of fMRI activation and functional connectivity, and eye tracking metrics (e.g., pupil diameter).
Awards and Publications
Godwin, C. A., Hunter, M. A., Bezdek, M. A., Lieberman, G., Elkin-Frankston, S., Romero, V. L., … & Schumacher, E. H. (2017). Functional connectivity within and between intrinsic brain networks correlates with trait mind wandering. Neuropsychologia, 103, 140-153.
Morsella, E., Godwin, C. A., Jantz, T. K., Krieger, S. C., & Gazzaley, A. (2016). Homing in on consciousness in the nervous system: An action-based synthesis. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, 1-17
Cho, H., Godwin, C. A., Geisler, M. W., & Morsella, E. (2014). Internally generated conscious contents: Interactions between sustained mental imagery and involuntary subvocalizations. Frontiers in Psychology, 5: 1445. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01445
Merrick, C., Godwin, C. A., Geisler, M.W., & Morsella, E. (2013). The olfactory system as the gateway to the neural correlates of consciousness. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 1-15.
Godwin, C. A., Gazzaley, A., & Morsella, E. (2013). Homing in on the brain mechanisms linked to consciousness: Buffer of the perception-and-action interface. In A. Pereira and D. Lehmann’s (Eds.), The unity of mind, brain and world: Current perspectives on a science of consciousness (pp. 43-76). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Hubbard, J., Rigby, T., Godwin, C. A., Gazzaley, A., & Morsella, E. (2013). Representations in working memory yield interference effects found with externally-triggered representations. Acta Psychologica, 142, 127-135.