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S. Festini

Sarah is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Vital Longevity, University of Texas at Dallas. Below is her profile from when she was in the Neuromotor Behavior Laboratory. Her current profile can be found at:  http://agingmind.utdallas.edu/people/view/sara-festini.
S. Festini
Sara is a PhD candidate in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Area of the Psychology Department. 


Her interest in the mind and brain began as an undergraduate, where she had the opportunity to do research on dual-task interference in her advisor's lab. This undergraduate research experience sparked her interest in studying cognition and cognitive neuroscience as a graduate student, and she continues to enjoy learning about human cognition and the functions of the brain.


She received a B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, California, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Biology. She also completed a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.


Sara’s dissertation focuses on the voluntary control of working memory following directed forgetting instructions. In addition to her strong research interest in executive control and memory, she is also interested in metamemory, cognitive aging, and motor learning. In Dr. Seidler's lab, she has investigated the role of emotion on motor learning, as well as cerebellar resting state functional connectivity in Parkinson's patients ON and OFF medication.


Outside of the lab, she enjoys tap dancing, playing board games, spending time in parks and arboretums, and eating sushi with labmates.


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