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 paper published in Network Neuroscience reviewing the use of graph theory to characterize brain disorders
New paper published in NeuroImage on the role of incentives in modulating control-related circuitry over development.
New preprint posted reviewing the use of graph theory to characterize brain disorders.
DEPENd Lab now seeking applications for a postdoc to study decision-making in borderline personality.
Dr. Hallquist publishes new paper on MplusAutomation package for R in Structural Equation Modeling.
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