Dr. Robinson is interested in the dynamic interaction between the central and autonomic nervous system, and how these two systems support emotional processes. She is also interested in how emotions affect cognition, especially in clinical disorders such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Her research primarily involves using high field functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and psychophysiological techniques to investigate the interplay of emotions and cognition.

Current Research Projects:

  • Attention Bias in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Are Overtly Negative Images Necessary?
  • Examining the neural correlates of attention orientation while performing under pressure
  • Library of Affective Films
  • Neural and physiological correlates of sleep deprivation in adolescents
  • Ultra-high field high-resolution fMRI of the human limbic system

The Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at Auburn University is dedicated to uncovering the neural and physiological underpinnings of emotional and cognitive processes.

Research interests:

  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods applied to the study of affective processing, emotion regulation, and the interplay of stress, emotion, and cognition; psychophysiology; identifying pathophysiological mechanisms underlying psychiatric disease; brain connectivity; neurofunctional topography of brain regions involved in emotion and cognition
PhD, Case Western Reserve University, Experimental Psychology, 2006
MA, Case Western Reserve University, Experimental Psychology, 2005
BA, Case Western Reserve University, Psychology and Biochemistry, 2002
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