Stress potentiates early and attenuates late stages of visual processing (Journal of Neuroscience, 2011)
Physical abuse amplifies attention to threat and increases anxiety in children (Emotion, 2007)
Relations between cognitive and neurophysiological vulnerability to depression (Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2011)
Right dorsolateral prefrontal cortical activity and behavioral inhibition. (Psychological Science, 2009)
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Our laboratory is focused on characterizing the mechanisms by which anxiety alters the processing of threats and punishments in a way that enhances the likelihood of avoidance and behavioral inhibition. Clinically, our work promises to enhance our understanding of how emotional traits and states modulate risk, facilitate the discovery of novel endophenotypes and biomarkers, and set the stage for developing improved interventions.