Dr. Will Kalkhoff, Executive 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, 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.



Brennan Miller, M.A., Research Team Coordinator

Brennan Miller
Brennan Miller is a doctoral student at Kent State University. His research interests include race and ethnicity, social psychology, and neurosociology. His master's thesis was titled Emotional and Neurological Responses to the Persistence of Identity Non‐Verification, which examines how the amount of nonverifying feedback affects emotional and neurological responses. He is currently studying the connection between status characteristics and the ways status information is interpreted differently by race using resume evaluations. Before Kent State, he received his B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Fresno.


Matthew Pfeiffer, M.A., Director of Operations

Matt Pfeiffer
Matthew Pfeiffer is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at 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 current work, Responses to Expert Knowledge: The Role of Political Identity, investigates how the identity process can interfere with status processes to explain resistance to expertise. Prior to attending Kent State University, he received B.A. degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Iowa.

Graem Sigelmier, B.S., Head 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.