The Neuroscience of Thought and Emotion

I am interested in the neurobiological underpinnings of reflective, goal-directed thinking and emotion. 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 completed my PhD with Dr. Kalina Christoff at The University of British Columbia, and am now a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. James Gross at Stanford University and Dr. Norman Farb at The University of Toronto.

Research Interests:

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

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