Research in our lab focuses on how emotion and cognition interact to determine how we learn about and remember important events.
Some research questions include (1) how do we generalize from past emotional experiences; (2) how do emotional experiences shape our memory; and (3) how do we overcome (or regulate) the unwanted psychological and physiological effects of negative experiences?
We incorporate a number of ideas from psychology and neuroscience to investigate these questions. This includes Pavlovian conditioning, categorization, decision making, and episodic memory. For these experiments we use neuroimaging, psychophysiology, and immersive virtual reality tools.