People

Director: Florin Dolcos, PhD

Florin   

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:

  I consider the brain mechanisms of human social interactions to be the most intriguing part in the fields of cognitive and social neurosciences. I focus mainly on aspects regarding altruistic/selfish behaviors and their neurophysiological correlates. I also study the relation of social behavior to the problem of consciousness, and explore ways of using theoretical data in practice (e.g, using social reward with 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 neuroscience with an emphasis on the neural substrates of affective-cognitive interactions in social contexts. I am particularly interested in clarifying the neural mechanisms associated with (1) processing of emotional information (e.g., nonverbal behavior) as social cues that influence one’s decision-making about self and others, (2) regulation of one’s emotion in the presence of others, and (3) the role of individual differences related to age, culture, and clinical conditions (e.g., brain lesions, psychiatric disorders) as factors that may differentially affect these components of social behavior. Methodologically, I use a combination of fMRI, EEG/ERP, behavioral, and neuropsychological assessment tools to elucidate the neuro-behavioral mechanisms associated with these phenomena. 
    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:

    PSYC 290 (2016-):

  • Yijun Wang
  • Stephanie Kern
  • Qingying Zheng

    MCB 290 (2015-):

  • Audra Chaves 

Alumni / Former Affiliates:

UofI  

  • Alex Iordan (PhD Student, Neuroscience Program, 2010-2016)
  • Shuyang Jin (UG Volunteer, 2016)
  • Meghan Smith (UG Volunteer, 2015-2016)
  • Zachariah Bertels (Psyc 290/494 student, 2013-2015)
  • Benjamin Olivari, Allison Manella (Psyc290 student, 2015-2016)
  • Christine Richards, Cameron Sunkel (Psyc 290 students, 2014-2015)
  • 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)
  • Rasheed Ansari, Hyun (Henry) Choi, Sagar Desai (Psyc 290 students, 2012-2013)
  • Yu Takioka (UG Student Volunteer)
  • Sarah Woo (Post-Graduate Volunteer)
  • Jason Coronel (Post-Doc: Beckman Institute)
  • Zachary Horne (PhD student - Philosophy)
  • 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)
  • 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)

    Visiting 

  • Isabella Zsoldos (PhD Student - Laboratory of Psychology and NeuroCognition: University Savoie Mont Blanc)
  • Yining Xu (Summer Intern, 2014)
  • James Norton (PhD Student - Neuroscience Program: RMS Lab)
  • Jake Carpenter-Thompson (MD/PhD Student - Neuroscience Program: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab)
  • Judy Chiu (PhD Student - Memory Systems Lab: Memory Systems Lab, 2011-2012)
  • Nikki Llewellyn (PhD Student - Developmental Psychology: Family Studies Lab)
  • Yifan Hu (Volunteer/Summer Intern, Spring-Summer 2012)
  • Yuta Katsumi (Summer Intern, 2012) 
  • Mica Winchester (SROP student, Summer 2011)
 

UofA 

  • 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)