The Cognitive Communication Science Lab was founded in August 2016 in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. We are currently recruiting new Graduate Students and Undergraduate Research Assistants. Members are ordered according to length of lab tenure.

Richard Huskey

Principal Investigator



Richard (PhD, University of California Santa Barbara) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University, a member of the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and officer of the Communication Science and Biology interest group at the International Communication Association. His research investigates how motivation shapes attitudes and behavior.

Shelby Wilcox

Graduate Student

Shelby is a MA student in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a degree in psychology and minor in neuroscience. Her research has focused on sex-specific differences in empathy. More broadly, Shelby’s interests include investigating the brain networks and cognitive processes involved with message interpretation and behavior change.



Leandro Calcagnotto

Graduate Student

Leandro is an incoming Ph.D. student in the School of Communication at the Ohio State University. He graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with degrees in Communication, Psychology, and a minor in applied psychology. He has research experience in media neuroscience, as well as social, cognitive, and school psychology. His research interests lie in studying flow states and using brain-imaging and naturalistic video games to test communication phenomena.


Natalie Petit

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Natalie is a first-year undergraduate student studying neuroscience. As a pre-med student, her interests include research that has implications for the treatment and care of those with neurological disability and disease. In addition to serving as a member of CCSL, she volunteers as a tutor to patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and serves as Vice President of Outreach for Empower Sports, an organization on campus that seeks to bring a love of sports to youth with autism spectrum disorder.