Co-Director: Florin Dolcos, PhD


Research interests:

1. Neural Correlates of Emotion-Cognition Interactions. My main interests concern the neural mechanisms underlying interactions between emotion and cognition. By combining the spatial resolution of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and the excellent temporal resolution of event-related potentials (ERPs), I have investigated both the enhancing and the impairing effects of emotion on the neural correlates of memory processes in healthy young human participants. More recently, I have expanded these directions by investigating the impact of cognition on emotion processing, and by investigating similar issues linked to individual differences in healthy (both young and older participants) and clinical (depressed and PTSD patients) groups. [more

Co-Director: Sanda Dolcos, PhD


Main Research Interests:

1. Social and Personality Neuroscience: Affect and Perspective Taking in social judgment and decision making;

2. Affective Neuroscience: Emotion Regulation - strategies and changes across adulthood;

3. Cognitive and Affective Aging: Mechanisms and Neural Correlates.

4. Emotional Wellbeing: Susceptibility and Resilience to emotional challenges. 


Visiting Faculty/Scholar:

  My research interests concern the general brain mechanisms of human social interaction. I focus mainly on the aspects related to altruistic/selfish behavior and its neurophysiological correlates. I also study the relation of social behavior to the problem of consciousness and exploring the way of using theoretical data in practice - i.e. using social reward in biofeedback techniques. 

Graduate Students: 


My research interests concern the examination of emotion processing, decision-making, and individual differences related to these processes. I am particularly interested in examining these topics through the investigation of brain structure, brain function, and behavior, using complementary methodologies.

    My main research interests lie in the area of social cogntiive neuroscience, with an emphasis on the role of social information in emotion-cognition interactions, and the associated neural mechanisms. I am particularly interested in examining the neural circuitry associated with (1) the impact of socioemotional information on attention, social cognition, and memory, and (2) emotion regulation in social contexts. I am also interested in (3) the role of individual differences (e.g., age, culture, gender) as factors that may differentially affect these processes. Methodologically, I use a combination of behavioral, brain imaging (fMRI, EEG/ERP), and psychophysiological (e.g., skin conductance) tools to investigate these research questions. 
    My research interests center around the topic of emotional processing. I have been trying to understand the neural mechanisms of how we process emotional information, as well as its interactions with the subsequent information processing. I'm also studying these phenomena from the perspective of individual differences, looking at the possible structural variations in the brain associated with the differences in the styles of emotional processing.

My research focuses on the neural mechanisms of cognitive functions, such as like memory and cognitive control. Specifically, I am interested in 1) how emotional content of memoranda affects the mechanisms of episodic memory, 2) how emotional distraction affects mechanisms of working memory, and 3) how cognitive control can influence these effects, both for better and for worse.

Visiting Graduate Students: 

Undergraduate Students:

   MCB 290 Students:

  • Audra Chavez 

   PSYC 290 Students: 

  • Stephanie Kern
  • Qingying Zheng 
  • Yijun Wang 
  • Alejandro Torres
  • Luke Campbell
  • Yiling Yang

Alumni / Former Affiliates:


  • Juyoen Hur (Visiting PhD student - Psychology Department: Clinical/Community Division)
  • Zachariah Bertels (Psyc 290/494 student, 2013-2016)
  • Cameron Sunkel, Christine Richards (Psyc 290 students, 2014-2015)
  • Alexandru D. Iordan (PhD Student, Neuroscience Program, 2010-2016)
  • Jake Carpenter-Thompson (MD/PhD student - Neuroscience Program: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab)
  • James Norton (PhD student - Neuroscience Program: RMS Lab)
  • Suhkyung Kim (Master's Student, 2012-2014)
  • Hao (Hannah) Chen, Gina Giase (Psyc 494 students, 2013-2014)
  • Ian Kahrilas, Hailey Mulliner, Joseph Procopio (Psyc 290 students, 2013-2014)
  • Weiqi Zhao (Psyc 492 Student; RA Volunteer)
  • Judy Chiu (PhD Student - Memory Systems Lab: Memory Systems Lab, 2011-2012)
  • Nikki Llewellyn (PhD Student - Developmental Psychology: Family Studies Lab)
  • Rasheed Ansari, Hyun (Henry) Choi, Sagar Desai (Psyc 290 students, 2012-2013)
  • Jason Coronel (Post-Doc: Beckman Institute)
  • Zachary Horne (PhD student - Philosophy)
  • Sarah Woo (Post-Graduate Volunteer)
  • Yu Takioka (UG Student Volunteer)
  • Dylan O'Hearn (Psyc 290 student, 2011-2012)
  • Kaitlyn Wilson (post-graduate volunteer, 2011-2012)
  • Esther Kim, Jatin Pandey (Tech RAs, Electrical Engineering students, Spring 2012)
  • Yifan Hu (volunteer/summer intern, Spring-Summer 2012)
  • Timothy Nyckowski, HeeJun Yoon, Ya Zhang (volunteers, 2011)
  • Aminda O'Hare (visiting Post-Doctoral T32 NIH Fellow, 2010-2011)
  • Robert Molitor (Psyc290 student, Summer Research Assistant, 2011)
  • Elizabeth Abushevitz, Bianca Doherty, Belema Obomanu (Psyc 290 students, 2011)
  • Shawn Akridge, Sheena Eettickal, Julie Novak, Ruth Sandescu (Psyc 290 students, 2010-2011)


  • Isabella Zsoldos (PhD Student - Laboratory of Psychology and NeuroCognition: University Savoie Mont Blanc)
  • Yuta Katsumi (Summer 2012) 
  • Mica Winchester (SROP student, Summer 2011)


  • Andrea Shafer (PhD Student, Centre for Neuroscience, 2008-2014)
  • Ekaterina Denkova (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Wyeth-CIHR Fellow, 2008-2010)
  • Rick Osborne (Visiting MSc Student, Centre for Neuroscience, 2010)
  • Kristina Suen (RA, Engineering CO-OP Student, 2010)
  • Jessica Li (Honor/Independent Study Student, 2009-2010)
  • Sophie Flor-Henry (Honor/Independent Study Student, 2009-2010)
  • Claudia Gasior (Honor/Independent Study Student, 2009-2010)
  • Keen Sung (UG Volunteer, Summer Student (CSJ/AHFMR), 2007-2010)
  • Trisha Chakrabarty (MD Student, Summer Student (AHFMR), 2009)
  • Crystal Zhou (UG Volunteer, Summer student (CSJ), 2007-2010)
  • Gloria Wong (UG Volunteer, Summer/Honor/Independent Study Student, 2007-2010)
  • Hansen Zhou (UG Volunteer, 2009-2010)
  • Todd Penney (Graduate RA - MSc Student, Biomedical Engineering, 2008)
  • Graeme Armstong (Reading Course Student, 2008)
  • Nicole Dalmer (UG Volunteer, RA, 2008)
  • Ryan Campbell & Kristen Sabourin (RA, Engineering CO-OP Summer Students, 2007/2008)