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).
Drs. Hallquist and Dombrovski publish new paper in Cognition on the role of selective maintenance of value information in solving the exploration/exploitation dilemma.
Dr. Alex Dombrovski, Dr. Hallquist, and others publish new paper on decision processes in suicidal behavior in Biological Psychiatry.
Dr. Joe Beeney, Dr. Hallquist, and others publish new paper on attachment styles and personality pathology in romantic relationships in Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.
Alison Schreiber presents research on social decision-making in borderline personality at SRP in Indianapolis.
HiTOP members, including Dr. Hallquist, publish new paper about the value of hierarchical models of psychopathology in mental health research in Perspectives on Psychological Science.
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