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2021 Pilot Projects

Predicting the Emotional Impact of a Pandemic from Brain Activation Elicited in Recollecting Experiences

Principal Investigator:



To establish how EWB is reflected by pandemic-to-vaccination-era changes in fMRI and experiential attribute representations of recollected events.

Andrew Anderson, PhD University of Rochester

Influence of Emotional Well-being on Alzheimer’s Disease in Animal Models

Principal Investigators:


To examine how fronto-insular circuits are susceptible to pathological changes in AD mouse models and whether chronic stress induces negative emotional states that precipitate AD pathology and cognitive decline.


Kuan Hong Wang, PhD
University of Rochester

Yi Zuo, PhD
UC Santa Cruz

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