RADLab Current Projects (partial list)

We are building a neural network (in the form of a software program) to model some core features of decision making and motivated action.
We are characterizing individual differences in psychological inertia and are interested in better understanding why people don't take actions that could further their valued goals.
Attention plays an important role in decision making and motivated action. It also known that attention fluctuates. We are seeking to better understand the nature of these fluctuations.
Some individuals expend a great deal of energy in play, even though play may not further the advancement of specific goals. We are interested in determining how certain activities are perceived as play.
We are characterizing the nature of attention, inertia and play in clinical conditions including depression and schizophrenia.
People are often motivated to regulate their emotions in different ways. Culture appears to be one factor that influences how people choose to regulate emotions. We are characterizing aspects of the effect of culture on emotion regulation.
People often see what they want to see. In a series of studies, we are exploring how people with different political attitudes can parse the same information quite differently
People often see what they want to see. In a series of studies, we are exploring how people with different political attitudes can parse the same information quite differently
The presence or absence of attention has profound effects on our decision making. We are exploring the role of attention in well-known decision-making phenomena including 'The Asian Disease Problem' and the status quo bias.