Florin Dolcos, PhD (Director)

Research Interests:

1.Neural Correlates of Emotional-Cognitive Interactions. My main interests concern the neural mechanisms underlying the impact of emotion on 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 similar issues linked to individual differences in both healthy and clinical groups (e.g., healthy young and elderly participants, and depressed and PTSD patients).

2.Cross-Function Approach in the Study of Cognitive Processes. Using behavioral and fMRI measures, I have also been involved in cross-function studies comparing the neural correlates of episodic memory and other cognitive functions (e.g., attention, working memory), in order to identify the brain regions that are commonly engaged by different cognitive processes and the brain regions that are linked to specific cognitive functions.

3.Age-Related Differences in Neural Correlates of Episodic Memory and Other Cognitive Functions.Finally, I have also been involved in functional neuroimaging studies investigating the effect of aging on the neural correlates of cognitive functions.