Department Chair and Professor of Psychology
B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A., University of Connecticut
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Areas of Psychology
Cognitive and Social Neuroscience
Exercise and Health Psychology
My research is generally focused in two related areas. In one area, I am interested
in understanding self-regulatory cognitive processing and the events or circumstances
that lead to the engagement or modification of self-regulation during task execution.
More specifically, I am interested in the influences of situational and motivational
factors on both one's ability to correctly engage in a cognitive task and one's patterns
of neural activation present during the task.
In my other area of research, I am interested in examining patterns of neural activation
that are present during ongoing dynamic social interactions. This not only gives a
real-time indication of the ever-shifting attentional and processing needs of social
interactions, but when combined with the well-established neuroscience literature
on cognitive task execution, it also allows for comparisons between the neural processes
needed to successfully navigate tasks from different domains. Additionally, this area
of research allows for a more complete understanding of how differences among social
interactions can lead to substantial shifts in both a person's processing of interactions
as well as a person's behavior following interactions.
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