Differentiating the processes of acquisition, retention, and retrieval of information as causes of test performance deficits (e.g., interference) in animals and examining the effects of metabotropic glutamate receptors on learning
Our lab is interested in studying the biological basis of drug addiction and obesity. The goal is the development of novel pharmacotherapies for and to determine the effect of the environment on these behavioral states.
The mechanisms (neural, behavioral, and psychological) underlying insomnia and related disorders in patient populations spanning the lifespan, including chronic pain, cancer, cardiac disease, autism, and caregivers.
Autism, drug abuse, dementia, cognitive effects of stress, the cognitive neuroscience of problem solving ability, functional neuroimaging, and pharmacological modulation of cognition; prenatal factors in autism
My research focuses on using psychophysiology to understand social-cognitive processes (e.g., stereotyping, affect, impression-formation, aggression) and to understand the effects of alcohol on cognition and emotion.