RADLab People

RADLab Director: Dr. Gaurav Suri 

Highlights

Dr. Gaurav Suri is an experimental psychologist and a computational neuroscientist. He is interested in studying the brain mechanisms that shape motivated actions and decision making.

Dr. Suri obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He also has an M.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Stanford University.

During his Ph.D., Dr. Suri trained under Dr. James Gross. Dr. Suri's dissertation advisory team consisted of Dr. Carol Dweck, Dr. Russell Poldrack, and Dr. Brian Knutson. As a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, Dr. Suri worked closely with Dr. James McClelland.

Dr. Suri is the recipient of numerous awards, honors, fellowships and research grants. His research has been published in leading journals including Psychological Review, Trends in Cognitive Science, Psychological Science and Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

RADLab Manager

In 2016, Dr. Gaurav Suri joined San Francisco State University (SFSU), as an assistant professor in psychology. He is the director of the Readiness, Activation and Decision-making Laboratory (RADLab) at SFSU. Dr. Suri also leads the Hive Research Group, SPL at Stanford University. In addition to his research, Dr. Suri teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in machine learning, social psychology, neuro-economics, regression theory and decision making. Dr. Suri came to academics as the 'second innings' of his career. Prior to academics​, Dr. Suri was a Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting. He is also the founding member of two successful entrepreneurial ventures. Finally, Dr. Suri is a co-author of the prize-winning novel, A Certain Ambiguity (Suri & Bal, Princeton, 2007). 

Madeline Holcomb

Madeline is a first-year graduate student in the Social, Personality, and Affective Science Graduate Program. Madeline graduated summa cum laude from SFSU in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology. Her research focuses on psychological inertia, specifically examining the driving factors behind the phenomenon. Her other research interests include temporal discounting, emotion regulation, and social facilitation. In Madeline's free time she enjoys photography, spending time in Golden Gate Park, and trying new restaurants in the city.

RADLab Graduate Students

Martha Maldonado-Clark

Martha is a second-year graduate student in the Social, Personality, and Affective Science Program. Her research interests include emotion regulation and emotion regulation choice, decision making, and behavioral economics. She particularly wants to investigate how culture intersects with each of these concepts. She is currently working on a project to investigate if the anchoring phenomenon can be eliminated. Martha likes to spend her free time with friends, exploring the outdoors, spending time at the beach, traveling and trying new cuisines.

Anna Sarkisyan

Anna is a first-year graduate student in the Social, Personality and Affective Science program. Her research interests include implicit learning and memory. She is specifically interested in how these processes work with associative tasks such as the weather prediction task. Anna enjoys staying active, spend time with loved ones, and spending time with her dog.

Fuzhe Xie

Fuzhe is a second-year graduate student in the Social, Personality, and Affective Science Graduate Program. Her research focus on the emotion regulation and decision making. She is interested in why people choose specific emotion regulation strategy in different situations and how children learn to express and regulate emotion. She is working on a project investigating eye-movement pattern during decision making process of two emotion regulation strategies. She likes cooking and climbing.

Laura Kosbie

Laura is a second-year graduate student in the Social, Personality, and Affective program. She is interested in the phenomenon of decision paralysis that accompanies a decision between two desired alternatives. Her current project is looking at potential drivers of decision paralysis, including dispositional differences such as levels of anxiety and regret aversion. Her goal is to create a model of decision making that can predict when decision paralysis will occur based on the nature of the unique decision environment and the unique variables the individual brings to the decision. Additionally, she hopes her model will account for whether the feeling of certainty is necessary to make a decision, and what cognitive states must be met to create this emotion.

Swati Ramnath

Swati is a first-year graduate student in Social, Personality and Affective Program. She is interested in understanding ways in which psychology can be combined with technology to provide innovative solutions for real-world problems. She is currently working on a research project investigating depression apps in India. Her other interests include psychological inertia and framing effect.

Minjeong (MJ) Kim

MJ is a first-year graduate student in the Mind, Brain, and Behavior (MBB) program. She is interested in the mechanism of bias-free decision making algorithms. She is currently working on designing a course for the intersection of data science and psychology. She is also a cat-lover.

Courtney Ko

Courtney is a first-year graduate student in the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Program. Her main interests are computational psychology,  emotion, and decision-making. She is currently building a neural network based on how children gradually learn emotion categories. She is also investigating how emotion regulation is heavily influenced by expectations. 

RADLab Alumni

Ashish Mehta

Ashish graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from SFSU. He has a wide range of interests, among which include studying the contextual factors that give rise to different forms of emotion regulation, as well as the consequences that result from such decisions. Ashish is also enchanted by the magic of statistics and computational modeling. Starting Fall 2019, Ashish is pursuing his Ph.D. in psychology at Stanford University

Alyssa Christine Wicker

Alyssa graduated from the Psychology Master’s program in the Social, Personality and Affective Sciences concentration in 2018. Her Master’s thesis examined the contexts in which psychological inertia is most influential. Alyssa is pursuing her PhD in Marketing at U.C. Riverside.

Gerald Young

Gerald graduated with a Social Psychology M.A. in 2018. His research focuses on understanding why there are cross-cultural differences in emotion regulation outcomes and identifying the mechanisms driving these effects. His thesis is specifically investigating these questions with respect to depressive rumination. Gerald is pursuing his PhD in psychology at U.C. Berkeley.

Shanyu Kates

Shanyu graduated with a Social Psychology M.A in 2018. Her research investigates how emotion regulation can intervene the process between emotions and judgment and decision making. Her thesis project examined whether cognitive reappraisal promotes conflict resolution during anger experiences. Shanyu is pursuing her PhD  in psychology at Boston University.

Gretchen Andazola

Gretchen graduated with a Developmental Psychology M.A. in 2018 from San Francisco State University. She graduated cum laude from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her research focuses on positive parenting, and on exploring the various ways in which parents positively influence their children’s development.

Lena Ryoo

Lena was a graduate student in Developmental Psychology Master's program. Her research interests include decision making in contexts of emotion and emotion regulation, effects of chronic interpersonal trauma, change in self-concept, and attachment. She is also interested in education equity, public education, and social justice. Most recently she has worked on a project involving emotion regulation in naturalistic, recurrent contexts.

RADLab Collaborators

Heidi Wallace

Heidi is a currently leading a project investigating the contextual factors that influence cognitive control. She is interested in judgement, decision-making, and choices as they occur in the real world, especially the contextual factors that lead to suboptimal decisions and actions. She will be pursuing a Master of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley in the Fall, where she plans to study the public policy applications of behavioral science, as well as social policy research and data science in public policy.

Robert Tomoski

Robert graduated in Psychology from Johannes-Gutenberg University in Germany in 2014. His research focuses especially on emotion regulation and decision-making. Currently, he is involved in projects investigating basic processes within the area of emotions and attention. In this work, he uses a combination of different methods including psychophysiological approaches.