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  • Emotion & Attention in Normal and Anxious Adults

    2012 / 2013 for Quarters: F, SP, W,
    Instructor Name Steve Luck
    Credit Type Natural Science
    Short TitleEmotion & Attention in Normal and Anxious Adults
    Complete Description of 199Our laboratory is currently conducting studies to assess the allocation of attention to emotional images and how deficits in attentional allocation to emotion may underlie anxiety disorders. Most experiments involve traditional cognitive psychology techniques, measuring reaction time and accuracy in various tasks. Some also involve recording brain waves. Additionally, we are conducting studies with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to determine whether brain stimulation may improve cognitive processing. Students in our lab typically begin by running experiments, which includes scheduling subjects, explaining the task, operating the computers, and monitoring the data. As they gain experience, students may become involved with designing experiments, analyzing data, and running brain-wave and tDCS experiments. The undergraduate research assistants have a weekly meeting with the professor and lab manager in which we discuss journal articles, ongoing experiments, and a variety of other issues related to cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience.
    List Prerequisites
    (if any)
    Applicants must be responsible, dedicated, and motivated. Computer skills are highly desirable. Previous or concurrent coursework in cognitive psychology or cognitive neuroscience is desirable.
    Additional Comments
    (if any)
    This is a great opportunity for highly motivated and responsible students who are interested in applying to graduate school, medical school, optometry school, etc. Freshman through senior standing are encouraged to apply. We require a registration of at least 3 units(9 hrs/week). Our lab has locations at both Young Hall and the Center for Mind and Brain in So. Davis.
    Contact personEmily Kappenman
    Phone(530) 297-4425
    Emaileskappenman@ucdavis.edu

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