Dr. Simona Buetti

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Program Area: Attention & Perception

Research Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Research Description

I am interested in understanding visual attention, emotion-cognition interactions, and response interference effects in individuals who vary in terms of their personality and emotional temperament (normal, at-risk for depression, at-risk for mania, at-risk for phobia). Some of my recent work focuses on the relationship between cognitive load, task difficulty and visual distractibility. I have also recently proposed a new two-stage theory of visual attention that is based on the premise that attention works to diminish uncertainty in a scene. Using behavioral and imaging methods, I am pursuing two lines of research on emotion-cognition interactions. The first focuses on the effects of stimulus relevance and its impact on emotion processing and attentional control. The second aims at understanding how the subjective experience of control over experimental events (real and illusory) changes the way participants respond to emotional events.     


  • PhD. from the University of Geneva (Switzerland)


  • Perception and Sensory Processes (Psyc230)
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Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.