Isabella Lalena

Isabella Lalena

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Neuroimaging, brain stimulation, reinforcement learning, brain-computer interfaces

Isabella Lalena is a doctoral student in the Computational Social Neuroscience Group (CSNG), led by Dr. Thompson. She graduated in 2019 with a B.S. in Psychology & Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she digitally reconstructed neurons in 3D for the NeuroMorpho database, for which she received the Outstanding Neuroscience Senior Award. Her current research interests include neuroimaging, brain stimulation, reinforcement learning, brain-computer interfaces, and pain modulation. As a graduate student, she has been involved in various clubs and organizations, including Students in Neuroscience (SiN), Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization (NGSO), and CBN Writing Group. 

Courses Taught

PSYC 373: Biopsychology Laboratory
PSYC 317: Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 372: Biopsychology 


BS Psychology & Neuroscience, George Mason University, 2019

MA Psychology, Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, George Mason University, 2023

Recent Presentations

Lalena, I., & Thompson, J.C. (2023, November 11-15). Past-oriented v. future-oriented reappraisal for thermal pain modulation [Poster presentation]. SfN Neuroscience 2023, Washington, DC, United States.