Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience Lab

About the Lab

We use behavioural tasks and neuroimaging techniques (e.g., fMRI) to examine the cognitive and neural mechanisms of visual recognition and affective response, and how they are influenced by attention, emotion, contextual associations, and previous experience.  

We are interested in how these mechanisms operate in healthy individuals and the nature of their impairment in affective and neurological disorders.  

We are also interested in cognitive and behavioural tasks that can improve brain functioning. 

Director: Mark Fenske, Ph.D.

Recent Publications

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Ferrey, A.E., Frischen, A., & Fenske, M.J. (2012). Hot or not: Response inhibition reduces the hedonic value and motivational incentive of sexual stimuli. Frontiers in Emotion Science, 3, 575.

Eastwood, J.D., Frischen, A., Fenske, M.J., & Smilek, D. (2012). The unengaged mind: Defining boredom in terms of attention. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 482-495

Frischen, A., Ferrey, A. E., Burt, D.H.R., Pistchick, M., & Fenske, M. J. (2012). The affective consequences of cognitive inhibition: Devaluation or neutralization? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, 169-179.

Hanif, A., Ferrey, A.E., Frischen, A., Pozzobon K., Eastwood, J.D., Smilek, D., Fenske, M.J. (2012). Manipulations of attention enhance self-regulation. Acta Psychologica, 139, 104-110.

Lab Members

Graduate Students
    David De Vito     Rachel Driscoll  

Research / Technical Assistants
     Alaina MacDonald    Krista Mitchnick   Andrea Schmidt