Darya Zabelina

Dr. Darya L. Zabelina, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Arkansas. She obtained her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Northwestern University in 2015 and was a Research Associate at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015-2017. Dr. Zabelina’s work focuses on understanding creative cognition, imagination, and other related processes, and how these processes are linked with more traditional subfields of cognitive psychology, such as attention and executive functions. In her work, she uses a variety of approaches, including behavioral, electrophysiological (EEG and ERP), and functional MRI (fMRI) techniques. She also does work on mind-wandering, mindfulness, problem-solving, and the influence of mobile technology on creativity and imagination. Dr. Zabelina is the director of the Mechanisms of Attention and Cognition (MoCA) laboratory, where the long-term objective is to create a theoretical foundation upon which to develop methods to enhance creative thinking, imagination, and problem-solving abilities. The fruits of Dr. Zabelina’s work have appeared in Psychological Science, Current Opinion in Neurobiology, NeuroImage, Mindfulness, and Memory & Cognition (best paper of the year award), among others. Dr. Zabelina’s work has been recognized with fellowships from the National Science Foundation (including an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship), National Institute of Mental Health, American Psychological Association, Mind & Life Institute, and the Australian Government (Endeavour Research Fellowship). In 2019 Dr. Zabelina was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science.