Welcome to the Expertise Lab

Michigan State University

The Expertise Lab at Michigan State University focuses on the origins and underpinnings of skill in domains such as music, games, sports, and professions. Led by Dr. Zach Hambrick, research in the Expertise Lab uses state-of-the-art techniques to identify factors that explain individual differences in the attainment of high-level skill in these domains.

If you are interested in working in the Expertise Lab, please complete our RA application.

Meet the Research Team

Zach Hambrick

Dr. David Z. Hambrick

Laboratory Director

Zach Hambrick is a professor in the Department of Psychology at MSU. His research focuses on individual differences in expertise, including the role of both basic abilities and training history.

Alex Burgoyne

Dr. Alexander P. Burgoyne

Alumnus and Collaborator

I study the impact of individual differences on skill acquisition and expertise, academic achievement, and intelligence.
Currently a Post-Doc at Georgia Tech.

Erik Altmann

Dr. Erik M. Altmann

Collaborator

I'm interested in procedural error and task interruption, which I study using behavioral experimentation and cognitive models. I also have general interests in memory, attention, cognitive control, cognitive ability, and expertise.

Lauren Harris

Dr. Lauren J. Harris

Collaborator

My main research interests lie in cognitive and developmental neuropsychology, especially the study of the development of handedness and the psychological correlates of individual differences in lateralization of function.

Daisuke Katsumata

Daisuke S. Katsumata

PhD student

My current research interests lie in elite-level performance and the development of expertise, particularly in the domain of eSports.

Brooke Allgeier

Brooke Allgeier

Lab Manager

I am a master's student enrolled in Michigan State University's Human Resources and Labor Relations program. My primary interests lie in organizational behavior and talent development. More specifically, my studies focus on expertise domains within organizations and how to acquire top talent to excel within their respective roles.

Current Research Assistants

Hannah Sloss

Hannah Sloss

Research Assistant

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Bio: Hoping to attend medical school after graduation. Especially interested in osteopathic medicine. Big fan of animals, cooking, and travel!

Jala Jefferson

Jala Jefferson

Research Assistant

Major: Psychology and Human Biology
Bio: I will go to medical school after undergrad and become a psychiatrist. I enjoy dancing, concerts and traveling.

Sunawer Aujla

Sunawer Aujla

Research Assistant

Major: Human Biology; Minors in Sociology and Global Public Health and Epidemiology
Bio: Hoping to attend medical school after graduation. Interested in sports, travel, and art.

Past Research Assistants

Tyler Matteson

Tyler James Matteson

Research Assistant and Former Lab Manager

I have broad interests in attention, cognitive control, and working memory.
Starting grad school in 2021.

Abey Martin

Abey Martin

Research Assistant

Major: Human Biology
Bio: I plan on attending medical school after graduation. I love to be active and play sports and also play the piano.

Hannah Schwartz

Hannah Schwartz

Research Assistant

Major: Neuroscience/Pre-Med
Bio: I hope to go onto medical school and become a doctor someday, and as for my personal interests, I absolutely love sports.

Andy Dumont

Andrew Dumont

Research Assistant

Major: Psychology
Bio: I plan to go to graduate school for cognitive neuroscience, and possibly go back for an engineering degree later in life. I aspire to discover various applications between linking technology and human thought.

Joey Getzen

Joey Getzen

Research Assistant

Major: Neuroscience (Cognitive Discipline)
Bio: I plan to attend medical school after graduation. In my spare time, I like playing video games and fishing.

McKenzie Miller

McKenzie Miller

Research Assistant

Major: Neuroscience
Bio: I plan on attending graduate school for clinical psychology, and look forward to researching, teaching about, and improving mental health in the lives of others. My favorite activities are running and traveling.

Stephanie Schiffert

Stephanie Schiffert

Research Assistant

Major: Chemistry with a minor in bioethics
Bio: Hoping to attend medical school after graduation to eventually become a trauma doctor. Most of my free time now is spent studying or volunteering.

Belle Sliva

Maria Sliva

Research Assistant

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; minors in Italian and Beverage Science
Bio: Hoping to attend law school after graduation with a focus on international law. Lover of yoga, reading, and breakfast foods.