Project 1: Evaluating Transdiagnostic Mechanisms in Multiple Psychological Disorders

     The purpose of this research study is to identify psychological mechanisms that causally relate to multiple diagnostic categories (for example, depression, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic disorder), called transdiagnostic mechanisms, and evaluate which psychological mechanisms have the strongest influence on multiple psychological disorders. If the current study is completed successfully, we can refine existing psychological interventions or develop new ones by targeting the identified transdiagnostic processes and thus improve the effectiveness of these interventions. 

Project 2: Evaluating Effects of Task Difficulty and Motivation on Myocardial Activity

     The purpose of this research study is to understand the relationship between cardiovascular activity and motivation and test if such relationship varies depending on personal characteristics such as grit, mindfulness, general mood, and state anxiety. If the current study is completed successfully, we can estimate an individual's transient motivational state more accurately and objectively and further predict one’s motivational state based on their personal characteristics.