Work in the lab focuses on the interactions between cognitive and emotional/motivational systems using functional MRI and behavioral techniques, which are interrogated with increasingly computational and mathematical techniques.
Research will focus on dynamic/naturalistic experimental paradigms, including development of new analysis strategies.
Start date: As soon as possible. Please email a CV and request that letters of recommendation be sent to Luiz Pessoa (pessoa AT umd DOT edu).
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.
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.