Psychology and Social Behavior
Adult psychopathology; schizotypy and schizophrenia; social anhedonia; emotional and social dysfunction
Mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are associated with emotional and social dysfunction. Even after clinical symptoms (e.g., psychosis, mood instability) are ameliorated, many individuals continue to struggle with difficulties in emotional and social functioning. In fact, individuals without any diagnosable disorder may also have problems related to emotional and social functioning. My program of research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of emotional and social dysfunction in order to aid in prevention and intervention efforts. I use multiple, converging levels of analysis (e.g., self-reports, behavioral tasks, psychophysiology, neuroimaging) to study these abnormalities in individuals with and without clinical disorders.
For more information, including my CV, please visit the Behaviors, Emotions, and Affective Neuroscience (BEAN) lab’s website at http://sites.uci.edu/beanlab.