Dr. Will Kalkhoff, Director

Dr. Will Kalkhoff

Will Kalkhoff is a professor of sociology at Kent State University. He is executive director of the Electrophysiological Neuroscience Laboratory of Kent and an executive committee member of the Brain Health Research Institute. He is also past chair of the Evolution, Biology, and Society Section of the American Sociological Association. His research interests include neurosociology and social psychology. Current projects focus on the neurodynamics of social cohesion, group processes in challenging task environments, and the neurosociology of human interaction in digital and virtual environments.

Dr. Josh Pollock, Co-Director

Josh Pollock

Josh Pollock is an assistant professor of sociology at Kent State University. He is also Director of the Electrophysiological Neuroscience Laboratory of Kent. His research interests include electroencephalography (EEG), team performance, threat and fear. His current projects focus on dyadic neural synchronization in a variety of challenging situations.


Dr. Matthew Pfeiffer, Director of Operations

Matt Pfeiffer

Matthew Pfeiffer received his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Kent State University. His interests include social psychology, identity, status, power, and neurosociology. His master’s thesis, entitled Status and Identity: An Electroencephalographic Approach, examined the neurological effect of a source’s status on identity non-verification. His dissertation investigated how the identity process can interfere with status processes to explain resistance to expertise. Prior to attending Kent State University, Dr. Pfeiffer received B.A. degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Iowa.

Graem Sigelmier, M.A., Laboratory Technician

Graem Sigelmier

Graem Sigelmier is a post-undergraduate student at Kent State University. His research interests include sensory information processing, skill acquisition, social psychology, and cognitive processing in video gaming. His current project, The Role of Color-coding and Differentiation in Task Performance, studies how cognitive cues such as color-coding affect learning and performance of tasks requiring quick processing, particularly when these cognitive cues are removed. Previously, he received his B.S. in Psychology from Kent State University.