Leah Burgess

Summer Research Description: Neuroimaging is used across many types of studies to further the field of Neuroscience. In the Zald Affective Neuroscience Lab, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scans are used towards the aim of connecting neural circuitry with personality and psychopathology. Various funded studies currently underway have complex protocols. Information is gathered from participants across multiple sessions and includes neuroimaging, along with psychological interviews, cognitive behavioral measures, self-report surveys, and biological sampling. The data undergoes numerous phases of processing before analysis techniques are applied to investigate connections between variables.