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We aim to study the experiences of all people and to learn from our diverse community. We specifically invite individuals from a variety of backgrounds to participate in our research studies.

Learning and Memory for Threat and Reward 

The purpose of this study is to better understand learning and memory processes associated with psychiatric symptoms of anxiety, depression, substance use, and trauma. We will use questionnaires and cognitive tasks to measure how different information about threat and reward is learned and remembered.

We are recruiting participants!! Learn more and participate here:

Neural Mechanisms Involved in Contextual Processing in PTSD and Fibromyalgia 

The purpose of this study is to examine brain function and performance during learning and memory tasks in healthy adults, adults with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and adults with fibromyalgia. This study involves answering questions over the phone and during a virtual meeting, followed by two in person visits to complete computer tasks and MRI scanning.  We are interested in measuring performance on learning and memory tasks and brain function.

Not currently recruiting.

Assessing Relationships Between Adversity, Substance Use, and Memory

The purpose of this study is to understand relationships between adversity in early life, substance use (prescription and recreational), and memory abilities.  This study will be conducted online and will involve answering questions about your medications, experiences, and feelings.  You will also complete tasks that involve looking at and responding to pictures of objects and rooms.

Not currently recruiting.

Neural Correlates of Pattern Separation and Completion

The purpose of this study is to examine performance during memory tasks in healthy adults.  The results will help us understand how to effectively measure memory abilities that may play a role in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Not currently recruiting.

Attention to Faces in Healthy and Socially Anxious Participants

This study is examining responses to faces in healthy adults and adults with social anxiety disorder.  We are investigating how a computerized attention training program impacts social anxiety symptoms.  We use brain imaging (MRI) and physiological measures (skin conductance) to understand how people with and without social anxiety react to emotional faces.  We have published findings from this study to suggest that parts of the brain involved in emotional processing differ in people with social anxiety compared to healthy controls, and that brain differences are associated with improvements in symptoms after attention training. We hope that the results will help us better understand the symptoms of social anxiety disorder and develop more effective treatments.  


Not currently recruiting.

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