Computational Affective Neuroscience Lab

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Behavioural and neuroscience studies on emotion and social cognition

Area(s) of Expertise

Our lab uses brain imaging and computational modelling to develop new psychological models of how attitudes (i.e., relatively stable ideas about whether something is good or bad) exert powerful influences on people’s evaluations (i.e. their current appraisals) and these, in turn, influence people’s choices (of friends, careers, consumer products, even presidents). This research not only informs how the brain works, but also informs how we make decisions about the world – both deliberatively as well as unconsciously.
One  important question that we explore concerns how the human mind creates representations of value. This ubiquitous act of assigning positive or negative valence is crucial for survival, whether it involves guiding behaviour toward or away from an immediate significant object or anticipation of future rewards and punishments in goal pursuit.

Research Services

Statistical  analysis of brain imaging data,  fMRI data analysis

Sectors of Application
  • Health care and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Name of equipment in use

Description of function

BioSemi EEG

Brain recording

EyeLink

Eye tracking

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research