Stimulant Neuroimaging Lab
The goal of this research lab is to investigate neural mechanisms that underlie memory processes in current stimulant users, and those at risk for stimulant use, through the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Cognitive experimental tasks, brain regions of interest and multiple brain connectivity analysis techniques are utilized to investigate neurocognitive mechanisms that might promote craving in stimulant users. Results from this research have the potential to lay the groundwork for more articulated neurocognitive models of craving and impulse control in stimulant users. Potential therapeutic applications include neurofeedback, cognitive restructuring within the memory system, and medication development.
- To characterize neural mechanisms that underlie implicit and explicit memory processes in chronic cocaine smokers compared to high- and low-risk individuals by using cognitive experimental tasks and fMRI. Brain regions of interest and connectivity between brain regions (multiple ways) will be examined. The ultimate goal is to understand craving.
- To investigate how the neural mechanisms that underlie implicit and explicit memory processes in high-risk individuals and chronic cocaine smokers are affected by cognitive manipulation using experimental tasks, and fMRI that utilizes brain regions of interest and multiple connectivity analysis approaches.
Cocaine, Appetitive Memory and Neural Connectivity. National Institute on Drug Abuse, K01DA029047.
This lab offers training for undergraduate students, post-baccalaureate research assistants, graduate students, and early career faculty.
|Core Faculty:||Suchismita Ray, Ph.D.|
|Affiliated Faculty:||Stephen J. Hanson, Ph.D. (Rutgers University-Newark)
Bharat B. Biswal, Ph.D. (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Margaret Haney, Ph.D. (Columbia University)
Marsha E. Bates, Ph.D. (Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies)
Robert Pandina, Ph.D. (Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies)
|Current Lab Research Assistants:||Aradhana Srinagesh
Recent Former Students
Brian Foster (Currently attending Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital)
Ashley Aya (Currently attending Medical School: Pittsburgh)
Leila Hazavei (Currently attending Medical School: University of Pennsylvania)
Sindhu Kilakkathi (Currently attending Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin)
Umair Nassir (Currently attending Medical School: Rowan University)