2012 Meeting: New Orleans

Annual Meeting Highlights

The keynote speakers and pre-conference workshops featured at the 2012 meeting of SPR represented a broad range of research interests and were selected to inform, motivate, and expand the horizons of SPR members.

2012 Keynote Speakers

B.J. Casey B.J. Casey, Sackler Professor and Director of the Sackler Institute at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, a pioneer in the use of neuroimaging methods to study developmental aspects of brain function relevant to affect, attention, and behavioral regulation.

Development of Fear-Related Processes: From Human Imaging to Mouse Genetics

Invited address by BJ Casey, Ph.D., Sackler Professor and Director of the Sackler Institute at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Dr. BJ Casey delivered an address that detailed her decades-long program of research looking to understand the changes in the brain during the transitions into and out of adolescence. (More here...)

Stanislas Dehaene Stanislas Dehaene, Professor at the Collège de France and Director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit of France's National Medical Research Institute (INSERM), an preeminent researcher on topics including numerical cognition, the neural basis of reading, and the neural correlates of consciousness.

Electrophysiological Signatures of Conscious Processing

Invited address by Stanislas Dehaene, Ph.D., Professor at the College de France and Director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging unit of France's National Medical Research Institute (INSERM)

... Dr. Stanislas Dehaene described research that ranged from basic science questions of perception and stimulus detection to applied, life-saving research with coma patients. (More here...)


Nora Volkow Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a leading expert on the neurobiology of drug addiction, in particular, the role of specific brain structures in incentive salience and regulation of addictive urges.

Imaging Diseases of Poor Self-Control

Invited address by Nora Volkow, Ph.D., Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Dr. Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (and the great-granddaughter of Leon Trotsky) delivered the first invited address of the New Orleans meeting, with a fascinating talk on the way rewards are processed in the brain. (More here...)



2012 Presidential Address

Christopher PatrickChristopher Patrick, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida








2012 SPR Awards

Award for Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology

Greg Hajcak, PhD, Associate Professor, Stony Brook University

Lifetime Contribution Award

Don C. Fowles, Ph.D., Professor, University of Iowa

Student Poster Award Winners

Katie Burkhouse, Binghamton University, "PUPILLARY REACTIVITY TO EMOTIONAL STIMULI IN CHILDREN: THE ROLE OF MATERNAL DEPRESSION AND AGGREGATE GENETIC INFLUENCE"

Eric Drollette, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "ACUTE EXERCISE MODULATES P3 AMPLITUDE FOR CHILDREN WHO NEED IT MOST: AN ERP STUDY OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES USING THE FLANKER TASK"

Laura Drislane, Florida State University, "TRAIT FEAR AND EXTERNALIZING UNIQUELY PREDICT PROBE P3 AMPLITUDE AND AFFECT-MODULATION IN COMMUNITY PARTICIPANTS"

Rosa Gruetzmann, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, "PERFORMANCE MONITORING IN OCD: DISSOCIATION OF ERN AND ACC ACTIVATION IN A COMBINED EEG/FMRI STUDY"

Antonia Kaczkurkin, University of Minnesota, "FEAR-POTENTIATED STARTLE ASSOCIATED WITH BEHAVIORAL AVOIDANCE IN A FEAR CONDITIONING PARADIGM"

Jonathan Klaphake, University of Minnesota, "ERN AMPLITUDE ASSOCIATIONS WITH LIFETIME SUBSTANCE USE AND ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR"

Erin Maresh, University of Virginia, "SOCIAL ANXIETY PREDICTS DECREASED NEURAL SELF-OTHER OVERLAP DURING THREAT TO UNFAMILIAR OTHERS"

Eric Porges, University of Illinois at Chicago, "RESTING VAGAL REGULATION PREDICTS TESTOSTERONE RESPONSES TO OBSERVED VIOLENCE"

Mauricio Rangel-Gomez, VU University Amsterdam, "THE DETECTION OF NOVELTY RELIES ON DOPAMINERGIC SIGNALING: EVIDENCE FROM APOMORPHINE'S IMPACT ON THE NOVELTY N2."

Stefon van Noordt, Brock University, "IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE: EXAMINING ANTERIOR CINGULATE CORTEX ACTIVATION TO CUES SIGNALING SWITCHES IN RESPONSE CONTEXT"

Anna Weinberg, Stony Brook University, "HERITABILITY OF NEURAL INDICES OF EMOTION PROCESSING: EVIDENCE FROM EVENT-RELATED POTENTIALS"