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Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Research Interests

My primary focus is on the neurobiological correlates of emotional function, including the neurological and neuropsychological processes involved in mood and emotion regulation, the development of personality and psychopathology, and the interaction of emotional processes with cognition. I am particularly interested in investigating cognition-emotion interactions in psychopathology, particularly in anxiety and depression. Neuropsychological research has demonstrated not only that the cerebral hemispheres are specialized for different cognitive functions but also that they differ in their emotional organization. Areas of the brain that are involved in information processing are thus engaged in a variety of emotional processes, concurrently and in a complementary manner, that may influence or interact with cognition at various stages of the learning or memory process. My research specializes in examining how different aspects of brain organization, including lateralization of function, as well as more specific regions of interest, influence emotional, social, and cognitive functioning.

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Research Output

Animal communication of fear and safety related to foraging behavior and fitness: An individual-based modeling approach

Bhattacharjee, S., MacPherson, B., Wang, R. F. & Gras, R., Nov 2019, In : Ecological Informatics. 54, 101011.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A path planning framework for a flying robot in close proximity of humans

    Yoon, H. J., Widdowson, C., Marinho, T., Wang, R. F. & Hovakimyan, N., Jul 2019, 2019 American Control Conference, ACC 2019. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 5254-5259 6 p. 8815168. (Proceedings of the American Control Conference; vol. 2019-July).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Assessing Postural Instability and Cybersickness Through Linear and Angular Displacement

    Widdowson, C., Becerra, I., Merrill, C., Wang, R. F. & LaValle, S., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Human Factors.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Bayesian average or truncation at boundaries? The mechanisms underlying categorical bias in spatial memory

    Sampaio, C. & Wang, R. F., Apr 15 2019, In : Memory and Cognition. 47, 3, p. 473-484 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Socially aware path planning for a flying robot in close proximity of humans

    Yoon, H. J., Widdowson, C., Marinho, T., Wang, R. F. & Hovakimyan, N., Oct 2019, In : ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems. 3, 4, 3341570.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle