Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience


The Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (PICAN) is devoted to understanding relationships between emotional information processing styles and emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety. Cognitive and physiological aspects of emotional information processing are examined using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), physiological assessment (measurement of pupil dilation, eyetracking, event-related potentials (ERPs) and electromyography – EMG), behavioral testing, and self-report measures. Computational neural network models of emotional information processing provide a platform in which theoretical relationships between emotion and disorder can be explored.