Research facilities include soundproof subject rooms and a fully equipped Psychophysiology Lab for recording autonomic and brain responses, including Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), Heart Rate (HR), Respiration Rate (RR), Blood Pressure (BP) and Electroencephalogram (EEG). The available hardware/software tool sets incorporate technologies from Mindware Technologies, Inc., Cortech Solutions, Inc. (BioSemi / EMSE Suite) and Psychology Software Tools, Inc. (E-Prime) for stimulus delivery.
The following studies are underway at the Institute. To learn more, please review the Informational Flyers associated with each study.
The Effects of Parental Filters on the Self-image in a Social Anxiety Imagery Task.
Researchers: Nancy Bent, Judith Hochman, and Mary Macedonio
This study examines the psychological and psychophysiological effects of thinking about a parent and keeping that parent in mind while seeing oneself perform a social anxiety task in a mental image. A mental image is a picture that you see in your mind's eye. Keeping the parent in mind; acts as a filter on the image being seen. Measures include self-reports and psychophysiological recording across the autonomic (heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, and galvanic skin response) and central (EEG) nervous systems. If you wish to participate, select the Survey Participation link in the left navigation bar.
Study 1 Informational Flyer (.pdf)
Mental Imagery of the Mother-Infant Relationship.
Researchers: Judith Hochman, Nancy Bent, and Mary Macedonio
This study looks at how you experience a mental image of a significant early mother-infant interaction as well as its possible association with your emotions and your mother's parenting style. You will be asked to see a mental imagery scenario of your mother and yourself and rate the images. You will also be asked to complete some questionnaires. If you wish to participate, please click on the flyer and contact Dr. Hochman by email or phone.
Study 2 Informational Flyer (.pdf)
Mental Imagery of Parents and Its Relationship with Resiliency and Anxiety.
This study investigates the relationship between the experience of mental images of the parents' social interactions with the child and the participant's current resiliency, and the effect of such images on anxiety. A mental image is a picture that you see in your mind's eye. Measures include self-report questionnaires and image description.