URAP

Jacob Giffin

Psychology of Anxiety and Mood Disorders

My research entails operating an MRI scanner for a study conducted by the Cal Mania (CALM) program. The goal of this study is to better understand how factors such as reward sensitivity and planning play a role in various anxiety and mood disorders. My role in this study is to conduct brain scans on subjects while they undergo multiple functional tasks that help assess their reward sensitivity, planning, and emotion regulation. Analysis of these scans will show what brain regions are active during these tasks, and thus will help us better understand the neuropsychology of the people who struggle with these disorders.

Message to Sponsor

This stipend has given me the opportunity to stay in Berkeley and continue my research over the summer, something I otherwise would not have had the funds to do. I want to sincerely thank my donor for giving me this amazing opportunity.
  • Major: Cognitive Science
  • Mentor: Sheri Johnson, Psychology