In Neuroscience: We ask questions such as: How can we develop more realistic behavioral paradigms for stopping inappropriate response tendencies? What are the critical nodes in the human brain for behavioral response control? How do deficits in response control in simple laboratory tasks relate to clinical impulse control disorders? How does stopping affect long term memory retrieval? The lab has a particular focus on the prefrontal cortex and the basal ganglia. Some example projects are listed below. The lab has systems for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and EEG. Our MRI scanning is done at the UCSD fMRI center. We collaborate with clinician-scientists to study Parkinson’s patients. We also study response control in mice via a collaboration with UCSD Neurobiology. Current funding is from the National Institutes of Health (NIDA, NINDS).
In social psychology: We are conducting empirical studies of the psychological determinants of engagement in real-world climate activism. Current major collaborators are: Anna Castiglione (Italy), and Cameron Brick (Amsterdam). Current funding is from the UCSD Dean of Social Sciences.