Dr. Nakia Gordon
Most psychologists recognize that emotions are necessary for survival. Our lab is interested in understanding how emotional states impact the way people understand and interact with their worlds. Specifically, we are investigating the ways emotions guide behavior and interpret information.
Our current projects include:
Emotion regulation and post-traumatic stress:
- It is well known that individuals with posttraumatic stress may also have difficulties with emotion regulation. We are interested in determining how this dysregulation occurs.
- We are also interested in how individuals who have had trauma or who are emotionally dysregulated respond to emotional challenges.
- We will use ECG recording and glucose measurements to detect physiological changes in regulation
- Most social interactions have some degree of ambiguity. The way that individuals typically resolve that ambiguity is a key factor in whether they have positive or negative social relationships.
- We use an interpretation bias paradigm to understand whether approach tendency emotions (i.e. angry and happy) result in different affective interpretations of social situations.
- We examine whether emotion regulation strategies have a role in this bias.
- We compare individuals with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (a disorder known to result in emotional and social difficulties) on this paradigm
Affective responses to victimization:
- A number of factors influence how people respond to victimization of others. We are interested in people's affective responses to victimization as well as understanding how they regulate those responses.
- We will use functional MRI to investigate neural differences in those responses
What will this lab experience provide to students?
- Learning to use physiological recording equipment
- Analyzing physiological data
- Testing participants in the lab and possibly off-site
- Data entry using SPSS
- Assisting in research development and implementation
- Opportunity to present work at regional conference
E-mail Dr. Nakia Gordon to get more information about his research and the position.