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The Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab is based in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Our research program focuses upon the changes in brain function that subserve cognitive control processes in the context of emotionally or motivationally salient information during childhood and adolescence in typically developing youth and those with or at risk for psychopathology, including affective disorders and substance abuse. We are particularly interested in understanding how do neural systems underlying processes at the interface of cognitive control and emotion and motivation change with age and pubertal maturation and do such changes contribute to increased risk for psychopathology in vulnerable youth. We employ a multi-modal approach to this investigation employing methods such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), event-related potentials (ERPs), as well as behavioral observations.
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