Cognitive and Emotion Neuroscience

RDOC: Research Domain Criteria

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This area of concentration functions as a research group that is around two subthemes:  (a) Cognitive neuroscience and aging; (b) Emotion neuroscience and psychopathology, as well as integration between both emphases. For doctoral training, most of our graduate trainees pursue their Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology.

Emotion neuroscience and psychopathology: This emphasis integrates two related areas: 1) the basic science of emotion, as emotion is expressed in language behavior, overt action, autonomic and somatic physiology, and highlighting the investigation of mediating neural structures and circuits in the human brain. The toolkit for the emphasis consists of current, major research technologies, including methods in cognitive/computer science, the broad area of psychophysiological measurement, electroencephalography and brain imaging (e.g., MRI); and 2) Applications of emotion science in experimental psychopathology, as it relates to clinical evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.

Cognitive neuroscience and aging: The mission of this emphasis is to conduct cutting-edge interdisciplinary clinical neuroscience and translational research on age-associated cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning, factors that contribute to impairments and functional decline, and future avenues for intervention. A primary objective to translate basic science discoveries into clinical applications to slow, avert or restore age-related cognitive decline and memory loss.

Research activity is organized according to emphasis.  For the emotion neuroscience emphasis, team members participate in both the basic science laboratories of the Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention and in the Fear and Anxiety Disorders Clinic. For the cognitive neuroscience emphasis, participation is expected in the ongoing research programs of the Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory.


Ronald A Cohen
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Ronald A Cohen Ph.D.

Professor And Director, Clinical Translational Research In Cognitive Aging And Memory
Joseph M Gullett
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Joseph M Gullett Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Aprinda Indahlastari
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Aprinda Indahlastari Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
Peter J Lang

Peter J Lang Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Michael Marsiske
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Michael Marsiske Ph.D.

Professor & Associate Chair For Research
Eric S Porges
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Eric S Porges Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Nicola Sambuco
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Nicola Sambuco

Adam J Woods
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Adam J Woods Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research, College of Public Health and Health Professions

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