Information related to research interest "Social Cognitive Neuroscience"

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  • Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Nat Sch Psychology

  • Dr Francesco Foroni

    Dr. Foroni conducts research on the interplay between affective and cognitive processes involved in social perception and judgments.
    He investigates, for instance, how people process emotion information and emotion expressions and how these processes influence perception and judgements. One line of research investigates how proprioceptive information about our own bodyA (e.g., facial feedback) are at the base of emotion information processing and how this proprioceptive information guides our explicit judgments and fast implicit evaluative processes.
    His research agenda also includes a growing line of research on perceptual, affective and cognitive processes involved in food choice. In collaboration with an interdisciplinary group of neuroscientists, medical doctors and neuropsychologists he is developing a research program with a novel approach to food research combining paradigms assessing implicit and explicit attitudes, decision making, and preference with neuroscientific techniques with the aim to directly apply the results to clinical and healthy populations. For instance, he is investigating how we categorizes different types of food and which factors (e.g., implicit/explicit evaluations) drive food/beverage preferences and choices.

    Other topics of interest include social perception, categorization, and group perception.

    His research is characterized by an integrated approach and has employed classical social cognitive behavioral methods together with electrophysiological and neuroscientific techniques also in healthy and clinical groups.

    Phone : 4538 (Strathfield) Email : francesco.foroni@acu.edu.au

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  • Dr Izelle Labuschagne

    I am a clinical neuroscientist and a Research Fellow in the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre within the School of Psychology at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. In addition to training as a neuroscientist, I also obtained accredited training in Psychology during my undergraduate studies at Monash University and at Swinburne University of Technology.

    Within our Centre, I lead a major program of research on social cognitive neurosciences. This involves directing a group of researchers and students on research involving oxytocin and human participants in studies involving healthy ageing as well as clinical groups (e.g., social anxiety disorder).

    My research examines the social cognitive and emotional processes in humans, and in particular, how psychiatric illnesses and ageing affect these processes. I also examine how, when and why the healthy ageing brain, show declines in core social cognitive functions. My research incorporates a variety of brain imaging techniques (such as fMRI, DTI, EEG, EMG, tDCS, and fNIRS), cognitive assessments, and neuropsychopharmacological manipulations. I have conducted randomised and double-blind placebo-controlled trials in humans investigating the effects of antidepressants such as SSRIs, serotonergic precursors such as tryptophan, and more recently, neuropeptides such as oxytocin. My research uses both healthy as well as clinical samples including social anxiety disorder, Huntington's disease and body image disorders. Using a variety of research methods, I strive to understand the neurobiological mechanisms implicated in dysfunctional social cognitive and emotional processes in humans, with an aim to improve quality of life and develop more refined and targeted treatment options for mental health disorders.

    Phone : 03 9953 3816 (Melbourne) Email : izelle.labuschagne@acu.edu.au

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