Research

Current Research Projects:

Attention Bias in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Are Overtly Negative Images Necessary?  This project aims to examine whether neutral images that are associated with trauma exposure are sufficient to cause physiological changes and cognitive performance deficits.  For more information on this project, please contact Jay.

Examining the neural correlates of attention orientation while performing under pressure.  Ever wonder why so many athletes and students ‘choke under pressure’? This study examines this phenomenon using a combination of high-resolution fMRI and psychophysiological measures. For more information on this project, please contact Dr. Robinson.  Collaborators: Matt Miller, Ph.D. (Kinesiology), Keith Lohse, Ph.D. (Kinesiology), Kirk Grand (Kinesiology), Ford Dyke (Kinesiology)

Library of Affective Films.  This project is an ambitious undertaking to create a standardized film library complete with psychophysiological and fMRI correlates.  The resulting stimulus set will be available on our website (open-source), along with valence and arousal self-reported ratings, psychophysiological measurements, and fMRI correlates time-synced to the films (for an example of what we anticipate providing, please check out this awesome YouTube video). For additional information on this project, please contact Lauren.

Neural and physiological correlates of sleep deprivation in adolescents.  We’ve all been there – a restless night of sleep makes us feel groggy, a bit “out of it”, and we are not our best selves!  This project seeks to understand the effects of sleep on the central and autonomic nervous systems.  For more information on this project, please contact Dr. Robinson.  Collaborators:  Mona El-Sheikh, Ph.D. (Department of Human Development and Family Studies), Stephen Erath, Ph.D. (Department of Human Development and Family Studies)

Ultra-high field high-resolution fMRI of the human limbic system.  This project aims to examine the human limbic system in vivo using the AU MRI Research Center’s 7T Siemens Magnetom.  Sub-millimeter functional and structural imaging will be combined to examine working memory and affective processing. For more information on this project, please contact Dr. Robinson.

This page is updated periodically.  To get a current list of research projects, please contact Dr. Robinson at jrobinson at auburn dot edu.  Last updated: 05/05/15.