Current Projects

PhD Member

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Lisa Boticelli

Depression Awareness and Resident Physician Mental Health

Despite a high prevalence of depression and suicidal ideation among physician trainees, few seek care from a professional. This cross-sectional study examines the attitudes of resident physicians toward mental illness and seeking treatment, as well as their coping strategies. It examines barriers to seeking treatment, in addition to means to facilitate the utilization of mental healthcare services.

Daniela Cannizarro

 

 

Thomas Chao

Boredom Induced Experiential Discounting in Cocaine Users

This study examines how state of boredom impacts impulsive decision-making in a sample of cocaine users relative to controls. Employing a laboratory boredom induction and real-time temporal discounting measurements, this study aims to contribute clinically-relevant understandings of the mechanisms underlying boredom’s exacerbation of cocaine abuse.

Marty Fagin

 

 

Andrew Finkelstein

 

 

Marcy Hudson

 

 

Samuel Koval

The Effect of a Brief Mindfulness Induction on State Boredom During a Subsequent Boredom Induction Task

The aim of this project is to test whether a short mindfulness meditation might at least reduce, if not inoculate against feelings of boredom when participants are subsequently subjected to a boring situation.

Iryna Kratova

 

 

Emily Maple

 

 

Anwar Siddiqui

 

 

Andrea Singer

 

 

Ryan Tellalian

Limited affective resource theory: It is all in your head?

Ego depletion has been shown to have an effect only on those who believe that cognitive resources are finite. These studies investigate whether the same effect holds true with regard to belief in limited affective resources cross-sectionally and by experimental manipulation.

Gillian Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

MA Member

 

 

Kennedy Daniels

 

 

Leila Ghazal

Is education the barrier between psychedelic use and non-use?

In my study, I would like to investigate whether knowledge about psychedelics affects individuals’ perceptions on them and their readiness to use them (whether for recreational, spiritual or therapeutic purposes). It is known that beliefs shape our perceptions, thus affecting our thoughts, behaviors & how we approach certain topics. This is relevant due to the controversy regarding psychedelics, their therapeutic potential, their charged history as well as their legal status.

Abraham Goldring

 

 

Daniel Hunt

 

 

Samantha Jaile

 

 

Rebecca Reidy

Thoughts, actions, escape: How do people successfully cope with boredom?

Previous research examining how people cope with boredom identified three coping profiles (i.e. Reappraiser, Criticizer, and Evader) however there is limited research on the effectiveness of each profile. The current study will expand upon previous coping research to determine the effectiveness of each profile in an adult population.

Alexandra Romano

Effects of Negative Affect and Effortful Control on Autobiographical Memory

There is evidence that people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) tend to report different recall of events than people without BPD. The goal of this research is to illuminate the cognitive underpinnings of these autobiographical memory differences. The study will use a normative population, measure negative affect and effortful control, and discover whether those that match a BPD population in these two cognitive aspects possess similar autobiographical memory deficits.