Relating peripheral physiological reactivity and brain function during cognition and emotion

"Although my experience with researchers is limited, I do feel that my experience with the PICAN Lab and Dr. Siegle has unique aspects and is well worth the invested time of any student serious about their psychological studies."

 

Supervising Faculty:

Greg Siegle, Ph.D.

 

Contact: 

Greg Siegle
gsiegle@pitt.edu
412-383-5444
Loeffler Building, Room 316
121 Meyran Avenue

www.pitt.edu/~gsiegle

 

Area of Research:  Specific questions of interest include: What brain mechanisms are related to physiological reactivity (e.g., changes in heart-rate and pupil dilation)? How do cognition and emotion affect these relationships?

 

Description of Research:

We examine cognition and emotion using self-report, behavioral, psychophysiological, and brain imaging assessments. We use mathematical and computational modeling to understand relationships of these measures.

 

Duties of Students:

Students will be encouraged to formulate and test their own research hypotheses using already-collected data. If they want to, students will learn to collect self-report, behavioral, physiological, and neuroimaging data. Students will be encouraged to co-author presentations and publications.

 

Additional Requirements:

Students should meet Departmental criteria for eligibility for directed research. This project is ONLY for students who have excellent mathematical or statistical background and some familiarity with computer programming background. In addition students must be willing to commit to a full year of directed research, and to put in at least 10 hours per week including attendance at a weekly lab meeting. Comfort with learning new computer applications is essential. Good interpersonal skills are helpful. Being fearless about presenting and asking research questions is essential.

 

Terms offered: fall and spring

 

Number of Students: varies by semester

Additional Information:  http://www.wpic.pitt.edu/research/biometrics/pican/pican.html