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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.     

Education

  • PhD. from the University of Geneva (Switzerland)

Courses

  • Perception and Sensory Processes (Psyc230)
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