Position: Lab Manager
BS (2017) Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology
Thesis: Brain Mechanisms for the Cognitive Effects of Narrative Persuasion
Fun Fact About Me:
I considered careers as a flash fiction writer, graphic designer, and skin care cosmetics product developer or formulation chemist.
I am currently CoNTRoL’s lab manager and a practicum student at the Marcus Autism Center’s Educational Science Research Core. As an undergraduate, I was a research assistant for two years each at Hertzog Adult Cognition Lab and CoNTRoL, where I completed my thesis as a part of UROP’s Research Option on narrative persuasion. I had also led a team of undergraduates with Dr. Cara Appel-Silbaugh on an ethnographic study of underrepresented majors at Tech; and Kelsey Merlo, a graduate student at Weiss Work Experience Lab, on an affective perception study. I intend to pursue graduate studies in social cognitive neuroscience.
Beyond psychological research, I maintain multiple graphic design blogs and am learning to expand my skills to motion graphics. I am also learning programming languages for data analysis and web design.
Social cognitive neuroscience, social working memory, theory of mind, mentalizing network, default mode network.
Williams-Walls Life Science Award, April 2017
Travel Presidential Undergraduate Research Award, Spring 2016
Zell Miller Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally Scholarship, 2013-2017
Publications & Presentations
Nguyen, T., Bezdek, M., & Schumacher, E., (2017, Apr 18). Understanding narrative persuasion from rhetorical persuasion. Oral presentation presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Spring Symposium at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.
Nguyen, T., Bezdek, M., & Schumacher, E., (2017, Apr 4). Cognition of narrative persuasion. Poster presented at the annual Callosum Conference at GSU/GT Center for Advanced Brain Imaging, Atlanta, GA.
Desai, M., Heo, Y., & Nguyen, T., (2017, Apr 4). Voluntary task switching: A pilot study. Poster presented at the annual Callosum Conference at GSU/GT Center for Advanced Brain Imaging, Atlanta, GA.
Bezdek, M., Gerrig, R., Nguyen, T., William, W., & Schumacher, E., (2017, Mar 25-28). The effect of narrative context on persuasive message processing. Poster presented at the 24th annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting in San Francisco, CA.
Nguyen, T., Bezdek, M., & Schumacher, E., (2016, Apr 19). Listening to stories. Poster presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Spring Symposium at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.
Nguyen, T., Fareed, S., Campbell, J., Thompson, K., Cagle, S., & Singh, R. (2016, Apr 16). Priming of affective perception on social networking sites. Poster presented at the annual Georgia Psychological Society conference at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA.
Nguyen, T. (2014, Aug 21). The effects of masculine stereotypes on male suicide & depression. Triple Helix Online. Retrieved from http://triplehelixblog.com/2014/08/the-effects-of-masculine-stereotypes-on-male-suicide-depression.
Nguyen, T. (2013, Feb 23). Society’s perception: Is intelligence all genes?. Triple Helix Online. Retrieved from http://triplehelixblog.com/2014/02/societys-perception-is-intelligence-all-genes.