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. 


Graduate Students: 

  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 main research interests lie in the area of affective and cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on the neural correlates of emotion-cognition interactions. In particular, my graduate work involves examination of the role of individual differences in influencing the impact of emotional information on various cognitive processes (social cogintion, emotion regulation, episodic memory). Methodologically, I employ a range of techniques that assess different aspects of nervous system activity (e.g., fMRI, EEG/ERPs, skin conductance, eye tracking) in conjunction with behavioral and neuropsychological assessment tools.
  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 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:

  • JulieAnn Scherer (PSYC 494)
  • Aidan Healy (PSYC 290)
  • Chen Shen (PSYC 290)
  • Matthew Kim (PSYC 290)
  • Junning Liang (PSYC 290)
  • Danah Bakir (MCB 290)
  • Qingying Zheng (Volunteer)
  • Luke Campbell (Volunteer)
  • Lavania Nair (Volunteer)
  • Michael Budianto (Volunteer)

Alumni / Former Affiliates:


  • Yiling Yang, Alejandro Torres, Yijun Wang, Stephanie Kern (PSYC 290 students, 2016-2017)
  • Audra Chavez (MCB 290 student, 2015-2017)
  • 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)

Visiting Students and Faculty

  • Illia Kuznietsov, PhD (Assistant Professor: Human and Animal Physiology Dept., Eastern European National University, Lutsk, Ukraine)
  • 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)