Lauren HopkinsDegree

M.A., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2010

Contact

Office: Garland Hall 418

Phone: (414) 229-4979

E-mail: lhopkins@uwm.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Research

I received a B.S. in psychology from North Central College in 2007 and an M.A. in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2010. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D in experimental psychology with a neuroscience focus.

My general research interests include investigating the neuroscience of learning and memory in human subjects using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a variety of analysis techniques. I specifically use fear conditioning paradigms to investigate the role of the amygdala in learning and memory processes in addition to exploring these processes at the systems level. I have published academic papers and poster about experiments that use eye-tracking to probe the contribution of awareness to fear conditioning and attentional capture. Additionally I am interested in functional connectivity dynamics, pattern analysis, and computational models as techniques via which we can investigate fear learning at both the network and voxel-level, respectively. I am currently working on my dissertation which is an investigation on how different forms of uncertainty change the behavioral, physiological, and neural responses to learning fearful associations.