Jesus De Luna
Jesus (jē′zəs) is a first-generation student who graduated with honors from Rutgers University in 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Cognitive Science. At Rutgers University, he was a member of the Human Computational Cognition Lab, where he worked under the mentorship of Professors Pernille Hemmer, Julien Musolino, and doctoral candidate Laura Saad. Here, Jesus explored the intuitions behind our experience of the sense of agency. This was in line with his interest in how people make inferences and reason about ethical dilemmas. He has also worked with the Lab for Developmental Studies at Harvard University under the supervision of Professor Susan Carey and Dr. Ivan Kroupin. Under their guidance, he worked on questions regarding executive function and relational reasoning capacity in young children.
After his graduation, Jesus worked with Dr. Stephen Sheinkopf, from Brown University, at the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk on the seminal RHINO Study. This study focused on looking at neonatal cry acoustics as early markers for autism risk. In addition to his research experience, he has also supported the development and well-being of children/adolescents through his role as a child life intern/volunteer at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital, as well as through several mentoring positions.