Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (PICAN)

Ongoing Projects and Opportunities to 
Participate in Research

This page lists a number of ongoing projects and how to become involved in them
as either a participant or research assistant.

Physiological and Neuroimaging Assessment of Depression
  
Evaluates how depressed and never-depressed people respond
   to emotional information. We measure brain activity by measuring
   pupil dilation and facial muscle movement (EMG) and through
   functional magnetic resonance imaging.
   Status: Actively recruiting participants
   Principal Investigator: Greg Siegle, Ph.D.
   Contact: pican@msx.upmc.edu
   Click here for more information

An Attention Control Intervention for Depression
  
Examines a novel intervention for depression that involves
   retraining the brain to pay attention to what you want to when
   you want to.
   Status: Actively recruiting participants
   Principal Investigator: Greg Siegle, Ph.D.
   Contact: pican@msx.upmc.edu

Emotional monitoring in children
   This project consists of examining the development of emotional 
   monitoring processes using ERP measurements (and eventually 
   fMRI) in a normative sample of children and adolescents and in 
   children and adolescents with affective disorders.
   Status: Actively recruiting participants
   Principal Investigator: Cecile Ladouceur, Ph.D.
   Contact: ladouceurcd@msx.upmc.edu

Computational modeling of interactions between the amygdala and
prefrontal cortex
  
Uses computational neural networks to simulate some of the
   brain activity associated with tradeoffs between cognitive and 
   emotional processing. One application involves using the 
   model to understand brain processes that might occur when depressed 
   individuals think about negative things.
   Status: All participants are simulated. No humans are recruited
              for this study
   Principal Investigator: Greg Siegle, Ph.D.
   Contact: gsiegle@pitt.edu

Variation in amygdala size over the lifespan in depression
  
Examines whether there is systematic variation in amygdala
   volume (brain structure that processes emotional information)
   in depressed individuals throughout the lifespan. 
   Status: This is an archival study of collected data. No new
              participants are being recruited. Addition of new data 
              sets (must have SPGR images) are welcome though.
   Principal Investigator: Greg Siegle, Ph.D.
   Contact: gsiegle@pitt.edu



 Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience links

Biometrics Research Program

Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Depression Treatment and Research Program

 

Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (PICAN)

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Ongoing projects