RADLab People

RADLab Director: Dr. Gaurav Suri 


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). 

Dylan Perez Neider

Dylan is a first year student in the Social, Personality, and Affective Science Graduate Program. His research focuses on motivated cognition, specifically examining how political attitudes influence the way we process even the most basic of information. His other research interests include group dynamics, social perception, and identity broadly.

RADLab Graduate Students

Reza Ghafur

Reza is a second-year graduate student in the Social, Personality, Affective program. He has the following interests: Decision Making, specifically the automaticity and internal narrative associated with choices; Group Processes, specifically how environmental and contextual factors shape and direct group thinking; and on the more practical side, he greatly enjoys experimental design and statistical analysis.

Chirag Dalibar

Chirag is a graduate student in the Mind, Brain, & Behavior program. He

graduated from San Francisco State University summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology. His interests and approach are expressed by the words of Terence: "I am human, so nothing human is alien to me. Say, I want to show you or learn from you, as you like. If you're right I'll follow you, if you're wrong I'll try to deter you."
Currently, Chirag is focused on stereotype activation, person perception, judgement formation and their cognitive underpinnings within the connectionist milieu.

Anthony Miceli

Anthony is a second year graduate student in the Mind, Brain, and Behavior M.A. Program. His research focuses on the application of computational neural networks to modeling emotion-related phenomena. His experimental work investigates emotion-regulation choice: specifically, what are the factors that determine whether individuals choose to regulate their emotions or not? He likes to climb and cycle across things, too.

Laura Kosbie

Laura is a first 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.

Lennon Fieger

Lennon is a scientific investigator concerned with the truth. He is a first-year grad student at the Social Psychology program at SFSU. His areas of interest are the human mind and the underlying mechanisms and processes that arise within and comprise it. He also likes video games and game theory.

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

Ashley Robledo

Ashley graduated with a B.A in Psychology in 2018. Ashley’s interests include measuring meaning threat, uncertainty and susceptibility to stereotypes. She previously worked on a project examining humanness backlash against individuals who do not have children.  

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.