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

Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Sanda Dolcos, PhD (visiting Fellow: Department of Psychology: Social-Personality Division)


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: Suscepbility and Resilience to emotional challenges.

Graduate Students: 



My research interests are in the area of cognitive and affective neurosciences, with a focus on the neural mechanisms underlying the impact of emotion on cognition, and especially on cognitive control/executive functions. The first main goal of my research is to explore the neural correlates of the interaction between emotion and cognition, focusing on: (1) the enhancing and impairing effects of emotion on cognitive processing (esp. cognitive control/executive functions and long-term memory); (2) emotion regulation. The second main goal of my research is to investigate individual differences (e.g., personality, sex-related) that might explain alterations in clinical conditions where emotion-cognition interactions are dysfunctional (esp. mood and anxiety disorders). 

Matt    My research interests concern the examination of emotion processing and decision-making. I am particularly interested in individual differences related to personality, sex, and age in these processes. My main goals are to examine these areas through the investigation of brain structure, brain function, and behavior. My current goals are to examine (1) the underlying anatomical structures and neural correlates of individual differences and (2) the ways in which these individual differences interact with cognitive processes when making decisions and processing emotional stimuli. 
    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 examining the neural circuitry associated with (1) the processing of emotional information as social cues that influence one’s decision-making about self and others, (2) the regulation of one’s emotion in response to others’ affective expressions, and (3) the 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. 
    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 underlying cognitive functions like memory and cognitive control. Specifically I am interested in 1) how emotional content of memoranda affects the memory mechanisms, 2) how emotional distraction affects memory mechanisms during encoding, and 3) how cognitive control can influence these effects, both for better and for worse.

Visiting Graduate Students: 

  • Isabella Zsoldos (PhD Student - Laboratory of Psychology and NeuroCognition: University Savoie Mont Blanc)
  • Juyoen Hur (PhD student - Psychology Department: Clinical/Community Division)
  • Jake Carpenter-Thompson (MD/PhD student - Neuroscience Program: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab)
  • James Norton (PhD student - Neuroscience Program: RMS Lab)

Undergraduate Students:

    Psyc 494 (2015-): 

  • Zachariah Bertels

    Psyc 290 (2014-): 

  • Christine Richards
  • Cameron Sunkel

Alumni / Former Affiliates:


  • 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 (UG 492 Student 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)