• Studies and presentations

    Current Studies

    Meditation and attention

    In this experiment, we investigate the effects of meditation on cognitive performance.

     

    Attention and cognitive depletion

    This study investigates the effects of ambivalent emotion on cognitive performance.

     

    Synchrony and cooperation

    This experiment examines the effects of physical imitation on social interactions between individuals.

     

    Ambivalence and restricted eating

    In this study, we look at the effects of food ambivalence in restricted eaters on cognitive performance.

     

    Poster Presentations

    Eliminate the negative, accentuate the positive: emotion regulation of ambivalence in a gambling task

    Emily J. Wu and Catherine J. Norris, PhD (presented at SANS 2016 in New York and SPR 2016 in Minneapolis)

    In this experiment, we seek to discover the effects of emotional regulation on ambivalence, which is the state of holding both positive and negative affect in mind simultaneously. Specifically, can emotional regulation reduce or eliminate ambivalence levels? We found that both positive and negative emotion regulation is effective, but not in the way one would expect!

     

    "It's the Little Things in Life": evidence for spontaneous emotion regulation to mildly emotional pictures in older females

    Catherine J. Norris, PhD and Michelle R. Johnson (presented at SANS 2016 in New York and SPR 2016 in Minneapolis)

    The positivity offset is a pattern in which mildly pleasant stimuli have a stronger effect on emotional responses than mildly unpleasant stimuli. This research explored neural evidence of greater spontaneous emotion regulation in older participants which partially mediated the greater positivity offset seen in the older group. A greater positivity offset may prove beneficial to mental health in older populations.

     

    The effects of gait synchrony on interpersonal cooperation

    Catherine J. Norris, PhD, Ray Lefco, Greer Prettyman, Chris Thomson, & Frank H. Durgin, PhD (presented at SPSP 2016 in San Diego)

     

    The role of implicit race bias in intergroup

    Michael Fishman, Nana Bonna, and Catherine J. Norris, PhD (presented at SPSP 2015 in Long Beach)

     

    Higher neuroticism is associated with greater false memory for negative versus positive critical lures

    Catherine J. Norris, PhD, P. Leaf, and K. Fenn (presented at SPSP 2015 in Long Beach)

     

    Efficient coding provides a better account of systematic biases in locomotor space perception than does action ability

    Johnny Oh, A. Robinson, Chris Thomson, Ruth Talbot, Catherine J. Norris, PhD., and Frank H. Durgin, PhD (presented at Vision Sciences Society 2015 in St. Pete's Beach)

     

    Knowledge effects on slant estimation are mediated by Conscientiousness

    A. Robinson, Johnny Oh, Chris Thomson, Ruth Talbot, Catherine J. Norris, PhD., and Frank H. Durgin, PhD (presented at Vision Sciences Society 2015 in St. Pete's Beach)

     

    Conference Presentations

    Brief meditation increases resource allocation and improves performance on the ANT.

     

    Dan Creem, Les Sikos, and Catherine J. Norris, PhD (presented at meeting of Society for Psychophysiological Research 2015 in Seattle)

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