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Focus

In the broadest sense, our research focuses on cognitive, emotional, and motivational processes and how these are affected by neurologic and psychiatric disorders. We study normal individuals across the lifespan and individuals with specific clinical disorders including: temporal and frontal lobe epilepsy (before and after seizure surgery), Parkinson’s disease, mild cognitive impairment and dementia, focal brain lesions, and major depressive disorder.

Methodology

Our research is hypothesis driven. We rely on a variety of research methodologies to help address specific questions about the neural bases of cognitive and affective behavior in humans. Our empirical approach involves laboratory based experiments as well as studies of functioning in day to day life. Some of the “tools” we currently use include Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), computer methods for analyzing dynamic emotion displays, Psychophysiology (startle, SCR, facial EMG, HR), structural and functional neuroimaging, and cognitive science & neuropsychological measures. If you are unfamiliar with these techniques, see the chapter below.

Bauer, R., Leritz, B., Bowers, D. (2002) Experimental methods in neuropsychology. In J.A. Schinka, W. Velicer, & I.B. Weiner (Eds.), Comprehensive Handbook of Psychology, Volume 2: Research Methods in Psychology. New York: John Wiley & Sons.