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The lab uses a functional cerebral systems approach to study the neuropsychology of emotion, hostility, and cardiovascular regulation. Behavioral and psychophysiological indices are measured across systems. Task performance and psychophysiological fucntioning are examined as a function of hostility level to discover brain-behavior relationships. Additionally, research examines sex differences, dual-task performance, the effects of aging, and cardiovascular functioning in relation to stress and negative emotion.


Current Projects

  • Hemispheric laterality and sex differences
  • The neurophysiological correlates of CBT and ACT
  • Frontal eyefield functioning in hostility, anxiety, and depression.
  • Affective verbal learning in high and low hostile women.
  • EEG correlates of neuropsychological tests.
  • The neurophysiological correlates of boredom.behavioral_neuroscience_lab_handbook_fall_2013_2.doc

If you are an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech and interested in participanting in research you can sign up on the Psychology Department's Experiment Management System.

Recently Completed Projects

  • An investigation of premotor frontal eye field regulation of rapid eye movements in high and low hostile participants.
  • Quantitative electroencephalogram responses and reaction-induced increases in cardiovascular reactivity in low and high hostility levels.
  • Emotion and arousal: A dynamic evaluation of relative activation states.

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