Research update: Poster presentations on study findings

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Research findings from the Emotional Regulation Lab was recently presented at various conferences around the country. Below are summaries of each poster presentation with a link to the respective poster:

 

A Biobehavioral Study of Attentional Bias Modification for Alcohol.

Last month, we presented a research poster focusing on changes in the brain’s attentional responses after ABM training. We did not find a difference in the brain’s response toward alcohol images after training. However, we did find that those whose brains’ responded more to alcohol related images were more likely to also exhibit avoidant thoughts toward them.

Louis, C., Luehring-Jones, P., Dennis-Tiwary, T., Erblich, J. (September 2016). A Biobehavioral Study of Attentional Bias Modification for Alcohol. Poster Presentation at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Minneapolis, MN

 

The Manipulation of Attentional Biases in a sample of Young Adult Social Drinkers.

We recently presented a poster on attentional bias modification (ABM) in a sample of young adult social drinkers, where drinkers were trained to ignore alcohol related stimuli, and re-allocate their resources to neutral stimuli. This study found that a brief single session of ABM training was successfully able to affect the salience of alcohol-related stimuli.

Luehring-Jones, P., Dennis-Tiwary, T., Louis, C., Erblich, J. (June 2016). The Manipulation of Attentional Biases in a sample of Young Adult Social Drinkers. Poster Presentation at the 39th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA

 

The Still Face with Mobile Devices: Impact of Maternal Device Use on Child Social-Emotional Functioning.

The Still Face Experiment observed that children experience an increase in negative emotions and difficulty reengaging with parents after failure to successfully interact with an unresponsive parent. Along with colleagues at Penn State University, we found using cell phones as an analogy to the traditional Still Face Experiment, produces the same outcomes in infants. These preliminary findings may help extend our comprehension of the role of mobile devices on infant-caregiver interactions.

Gulyayeva, O., Babkirk, S., Louis, C., Brown, K., Perez-Edgar., Buss, K, Dennis-Tiwary, T. (May, 2016). The Still Face with Mobile Devices: Impact of Maternal Device Use on Child Social-Emotional Functioning. Poster presentation at the Association for Psychological Science’s 28th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL

 

The Role of Trait Anxiety in Context-Sensitivity of Threat Bias.

We presented a study was among the first to systematically examined the state- and context-sensitivity of threat bias (TB) in a large group of healthy adults. We found, interestingly, that ABMT alone did not influence the magnitude of TB, suggesting that non-anxious individuals are relatively resilient to the induction of TB. Indeed, participants trained towards threat instead showed a bias away from threat.

Denefrio, S., Gulyayeva, O., Egan, L., Louis, C., Dennis-Tiwary, T. (April 2016). The Role of Trait Anxiety in Context-Sensitivity of Threat BiasPoster Presentation at the 2016 Anxiety and Depression Association of America Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA