Project 1: 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: 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.
Project 3: Feasibility of Neurofeedback for the Treatment of PTSD
The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of neurofeedback training for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If the current study paradigm is found acceptable and feasible, we can develop a clinical trial as a next step to examine the clinical effects of neurofeedback training by targeting recent tornado survivors and/or trauma survivors in the Bowling Green community.