Research and Clinical Interests:
Team Prefrontal Cortex (TPFC)
This team is identified as Team PFC to appreciate the involvement of the prefrontal cortex in attention (Goldman-Rakic, 1988) and working memory (Baddeley, 1992). Although our team appreciates PFC involvement in attention and working memory, it is important to note that these functioning and related processes engage a system of structures. Team PFC is interested in examining the CNV and related ERP components and their correlates to attention and emotion. Our paradigm incorporates the classical AX task and variations of the N-back task using pictures of emotions as expressed in face and using written words of emotions.
Team Psi Chi
The Neuroscience Lab has opened its doors and has formed a relationship with the research group of the Psi Chi (The National Honor Society for Psychology) chapter at California State University, Northridge. The lab is providing research opportunities to members of the honor society, in which they are given training in electrophysiological techniques, data collection and analysis. Students in this team also participate in abstract and manuscript writing and presentation. They are also invited to partake in the lab's mentorship program. Team Psi Chi is interested in examining ERP components and characteristics relating to psychopathy. The group is also interested in studying brain activity patterns relating to psychopathy with/without narcissistic features.
Team Dr. Sergi
Dr. Mark Sergi and his students in collaboration with The Neuroscience Lab are examining emotional processing, brain activity and characteristics of Schizophrenia. The N170 and N250 of the ERP are of major foci to index brain activity during a face emotional recognition task. A variation of this task in the context of a working memory (WM) paradigm is also being used to understand emotion, WM and CNV relationship.