Welcome to the DEPENd Lab!
Our research focuses on the development of neurobehavioral systems underlying personality and individual differences. In particular, we are interested in the maturation of processes underlying disadvantageous decision-making in young people.
The human brain changes rapidly in adolescence, potentially facilitating the integration of social information, emotions, and long-term goals. Yet for teens whose emotions are especially reactive and intense, adolescence may be a period of risk for volatile relationships and impulsive behaviors that are harmful. Our lab seeks to understand personality, brain, and behavioral differences between individuals who experience intense, unstable emotions relative to those with greater self-regulation.
The lab is directed by Michael Hallquist, Assistant Professor of Psychology.
We are a part of the Department of Psychology at Penn State in the Moore Building. We also conduct neuroimaging research at the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC).
New preprint posted describing how selective maintenance facilitates reinforcement learning in complex environments.
DEPENd Lab publishes new paper on a decision neuroscience approach to borderline personality.
Dr. Hallquist co-facilitates training workshop on longitudinal fMRI methods at the Flux Congress meeting.
Alison Schreiber wins best student poster award at the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research (SITAR) conference for her work on physiological coregulation in romantic couples.
Along with colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh, the DEPENd Lab begins a new longitudinal study of decision-making in borderline personality, funded by NIMH.
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