The Neuroscience of Thought and Emotion

I am interested in the neurobiological underpinnings of reflective, goal-directed thinking and emotion.The central question addressed by my research is: What are the neural and psychological mechanisms involved in overcoming habits and instead directing behaviour with intention and foresight.

My research involves the development of theoretical models and the empirical testing of those models using behavioural and brain imaging (fMRI) methods. I focus on the functional specialization of different brain regions, as well as the way in which these regions work together as coordinated large-scale networks.

I am a PhD candidate in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Thought Laboratory, working with Dr. Kalina Christoff.

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive control
  • Attention
  • Emotion
  • Value-based decision making
  • Mindfulness
  • Meta-cognitive awareness
  • Network neuroscience


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