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Merage Ghane

Merage Ghane

Graduate Student, Department of Psychology
Graduate Student, Clinical Science
Graduate Student, Biological Psychology

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  • M.A., Psychology, Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
  • B.S., Psychology and English Writing, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois


  • My interest is in brain network organization and connectivity in typical and clinical populations. Specifically, I am interested in how variability in lower level cognitive processes, such as motivation, perception and attention, interact with and modulate higher level valuation networks and subsequent social and non-social decision making.
  • To learn about how perception, attention, and motivation influences social and non-social behavior, I study typically developing and clinical populations including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Anxiety.
  • I am pursuing an academic and policy focused trajectory through training in clinical science, decision neuroscience, fMRI/fcMRI, and computational modeling techniques.

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 2064- Nervous Systems and Behavior: Fall 2014-Spring 2016
  • PSYC 3014- Abnormal Psychology: Fall 2016
  • PSYC 2034- Developmental Psychology: Fall 2016


  • Ghane, M., Sparer, T. (In Press). An Integrative and Mechanistic Model of Impaired Belief Updating in Schizophrenia. Journal of Neuroscience.
  • Valdespino, A., Antezana, L., Ghane, M., Richey, J.A., (2017). Alexithymia as a transdiagnostic precursor to empathy abnormalities: the functional role of the insula. Frontiers of Psychology-Clinical and Health Psychology.
  • Jangraw, D.C., Gonzalez-Castillo, J., Handwerker, D.A., Ghane, M., Rosenberg, M.D., Panwar, P., Bandettini, P.A. (2017). A functional connectivity-based neuromarker of sustained attention generalizes to predict recall in a reading task. NeuroImage, Volume 166, Pages 99-109.
  • Richey, J. A., Ghane, M., Valdespino, A., Coffman, M. C., Strege, M. V., White, S. W., & Ollendick, T. H. (2016). Spatiotemporal Dissociation of Brain Activity Underlying Threat and Reward in Social Anxiety Disorder. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, nsw149.
  • Richey, J.A., White, B.A., Valdespino, A.D., Ghane, M., Keough, M. & Schmidt, N.B. (2015). Attentional control of anxiety related symptoms during an ecologically valid stressor. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping. DOI: 10.1080/10615806.2015.1015424

    Merage Ghane

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