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Learning & Brain Development Lab

Exploring and learning about the world requires us to pay attention to meaningful information and encode this information into memory. Our research examines the idea that attention and memory are functionally integrated early in life and that the development of selective attention contributes to improvements in learning and memory. 

The Learning and Brain Development Lab is located at University Square in the uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. To learn more about what we do, browse our website and feel free to contact us at or (504) 862-3312.

Dr. Markant will be accepting graduate students for Fall 2020. If you are an undergraduate and hoping to apply to work in the LBDLab, please download and fill out this form Undergraduate Research Assistant Application Form and send it to Dr. Markant ( along with your CV. 

Our last New Researcher of the Week is Sydney!

Originally from Marin County, California, Sydney is currently a Junior here at Tulane University majoring in neuroscience and mathematics. When she isn’t working on our child research projects, Sydney is actively involved with the Chi Omega Sorority, the Pre-Med Society, and tutoring other students. Off campus she also volunteers for Angel’s Place, a charity for children diagnosed with life threatening diseases. She visits families while they are in the hospital and even started a tutoring program to support children’s academic success and re-entry into school! Her desires to learn more about the mechanisms through which children learn as they develop and to gain experience in data analytics led her to join the lab in the summer of 2019.

Fun Fact: Sydney has an extra vertebrae in her spine!

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This week's New Researcher of the Week is Jessica!

Jessica is a native to Uptown, New Orleans. She is currently a junior at Tulane majoring in Psychology. In addition to her work in the LBD Lab's research projects, Jessica is also a member of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program cohort and involved in the National Alliance on Mental Illnesses here on campus. Off campus, Jessica loves to engage and explore the art district downtown! Since joining our lab in the summer of 2019, she has had the opportunity to strengthen her understanding and passion for working with children. Her research interests include the effects of trauma on learning and memory in developing children.

Fun Fact: Jessica had the pleasure of helping a local artist ("BMike") redesign his art studio over the summer in the Warehouse District. As a reward, he treated the entire crew to ACME Oyster House!

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