Samuel Buchl

MRI Research Technician, Department of Psychiatry

MRI Research Technician, Department of Psychiatry

BA, Psychology (with honors), Minor in Cognitive Science, Swarthmore College, 2013


I studied psychology and cognitive science at Swarthmore College, where I worked in the lab of Prof. Malathi Thothathiri, studying executive function in left prefrontal cortex. After college, I worked at the University of Pennsylvania, supporting Dr. Angela Duckworth's lab, which focuses on Grit and Achievement, and Dr. Martin Seligman's Positive Psychology Center, where researchers worked on everything from Positive Emotion to Post-Traumatic Growth to Creativity - and associated health outcomes. I also worked in Project Management, IT, and Developer roles at a clinical-trial logistics startup and at a large California-based CRM company before joining Dr. Scott Sponheim's Lab, where I work on the Psychosis Human Connectome Project, performing basic phlebotomy and running MRIs. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, inducted 2013


  • English
  • Spanish


Research Summary/Interests

I'm interested in the relationship between Flow-state activities (e.g., sports, music, other arts) and Neuroregeneration.

Research Funding Grants

Psychosis Human Connectome Project