We employ behavioral and functional MRI methods to study interactions between cognition and emotion/motivation. Our view is that brain systems are highly interactive and that modular approaches to understanding the mind-brain are fundamentally problematic. This view was recently outlined in a book by MIT Press (see here).

An additional focus of our research centers on the development of statistical and computational tools for the analysis of functional MRI data to allow a rigorous mapping between brain and behavior.

Luiz Pessoa

Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

My research focuses on understanding how emotion and cognition interact with each other both in terms of the brain and behavior.