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July 25, 2019 - Our paper "Romantic love and attention: early and late event-related potentials" has been accepted for publication in Biological Psychology. In this study, we show that the beloved attracts more early automatic and sustained motivated attention than a friend and a stranger, which is probably due to the evolutionary significance of the beloved.

May 29, 2019 - Our paper "Cognitive control in romantic love: The roles of infatuation and attachment in interference and adaptive cognitive control" has been accepted for publication in Cognition and Emotion. In this study, we show that the more attached someone is to their beloved, the less they slow down after making an error. This suggests that attachment is associated with reduced adaptive cognitive control, which could have implications in everyday life.

May 22, 2019 - Our paper "Don’t you want me baby? Cardiac and electrocortical concomitants of romantic interest and rejection" has been accepted for publication in Biological Psychology. In this study, we examined the heart's and brain's response to internet dating.

May 13, 2019 - Our paper "Perceived ability to regulate love" has been published in PLOS ONE. In this study, we examined people's beliefs about love regulation. Congrats on your first first-author publication, Kruti!

Oct 11, 2018 - Our paper "The effect of mouth opening in emotional faces on subjective experience and the early posterior negativity amplitude" has been published in Brain and Cognition. In this study, we show that emotional faces with mouth open elicit more extreme emotions in the observer and capture early automatic attention more than emotional faces with mouth closed.

Aug 23, 2018 - Our paper "Effects of organization and disorganization on pleasantness, calmness, and the frontal negativity in the event-related potential" has been accepted for publication in PLOS ONE. In this study, we show that organization makes people feel pleasant and that disorganization makes people feel unpleasant. We also show that totally disorganized pictures elicit a frontal negativity in the ERP, which might reflect inhibition of rearranging behavior.

May 30, 2018 - Our paper "Cognitive reappraisal of snake and spider pictures: An event-related potentials study" has been accepted for publication in International Journal of Psychophysiology. In this study, we show that emotion regulation modulates sustained motivated attention, but not early selective attention, to snakes and spiders.

May 5, 2018 - We are currently recruiting an undergraduate research assistant (volunteer or for PSYCH 3390 credit) who will be involved in participant recruitment in the Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 semesters for ~3-6 hours per week. We are looking for someone who has great social skills, has a large network, and can think of new ways to recruit participants for our studies. If you are interested, you can complete and submit this application form to apply. The application deadline is Wed May 16 at 5pm. Feel free to contact Sandra Langeslag for more information.

May 4, 2018 - Kruti Surti has won The Outstanding Research Award in Behavioral Neuroscience. This award is given to a Behavioral Neuroscience student who has shown excellence in research endeavors. Congratulations, Kruti!

Apr 27, 2018 - Lauri Davis won first place with her poster presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Congrats, Lauri!

Apr 23, 2018 - Lauri Davis and Brandon Eich will present their posters one more time this Friday at UMSL's Undergraduate Research Symposium in the MSC. This is your last chance to view their posters, so make sure you don't miss it!

Apr 20, 2018 - Brandon Eich and Lauri Davis will present their posters again tomorrow at the St. Louis Area Undergraduate Research Symposium. Hope to see you there!

Apr 16, 2018 - All four students in the lab will present posters about love at the UMSL Neuroscience Research Showcase on Friday April 20 at 1:30pm in the Optometry Building. Hope to see you there!

Apr 6, 2018 - Kruti Surti and Scarlett Horner will present their posters about marital satisfaction and heartbreak at the Graduate Research Fair on Friday April 13 at 3pm in the MSC. Come and check out their work, as well as that of all the other presenters. See you there!

Mar 9, 2018 - Lauri Davis, who is currently an undergraduate research assistant, has been accepted as an MA student in the lab. We are excited to have you around for at least two more years, Lauri!

Nov 8, 2017 - I will give a talk "The Neurocognition of Love Regulation" at the Center for Neurodynamics Colloquium on Friday Nov 10 at 3:30pm (room 64 in JC Penney). All are welcome!

Nov 7, 2017 - Our paper "Early visual processing of snakes and angry faces: An ERP study" has been published in Brain Research. In this study we show that snakes capture more extensive early automatic attention than angry faces, which correspond with the notion that the visual system is specifically tuned to detect snakes because of the prolonged pressure of snakes on primate evolution.

Sept 17, 2017 - Come and meet psychology researchers at UMSL during the Psi Chi Research Meet & Greet on Oct 5 between 3:00-4:30pm in Century Room C at the Millenium Student Center. We will be recruiting participants for our studies as well as research assistants. We hope to see you there!

Sept 15, 2017 - Our paper "Preferential processing of task-irrelevant beloved-related information and task performance: Two event-related potential studies" has been accepted for publication in the Special Issue "The Neural Basis of Emotion" of Neuropsychologia. In this study we show that the brain responds stronger to a picture of the beloved even when people are doing a task that has nothing to do with their beloved.

Aug 14, 2017 - Scarlett Horner is a new master student in the lab. She comes to us from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Welcome, Scarlett!

July 10, 2017 - Our paper "Down-regulation of love feelings after a romantic break-up: self-report and electrophysiological data" has been accepted for publication in Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. In this study we show that thinking about negative aspects of an ex-partner (i.e., negative reappraisal) decreases love feelings, while thinking about positive things unrelated to the ex-partner (i.e., distraction) makes people who are heartbroken feel better.

May 31, 2017 - Our paper "The effect of arousal on regulation of negative emotions using cognitive reappraisal: An ERP study" has been accepted for publication in International Journal of Psychophysiology. In this study we show that there are no floor and ceiling effects in regulation of negative emotions.

May 26, 2017 - Sandra Langeslag has received a $48k grant from the UM Research Board to conduct functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies comparing love and emotion regulation.

May 17, 2017 - Our paper "The Honest Truth About Deception: Demographic, Cognitive and Neural Correlates of Child Repeated Deceptive Behavior" about lying behavior in children has been accepted for publication in Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. In this study, some children were always honest, some children only lied when it was unlikely that they got caught, and some children lied regardless of how likely it was that they got caught. These groups differed in gender, age, IQ, effortful control, education level of their mothers, family income, and brain activation.

May 15, 2017 - Michelle Sanchez has obtained her master's degree. Congratulations, Michelle!

May 10, 2017 - UMSL Magazine has published an article about the lab and our research in their Spring 2017 issue. You can read it here.

May 4, 2017 - Michelle Sanchez was a finalist at the Graduate Research Fair with her poster about love regulation and heartbreak. Congrats, Michelle!

May 1, 2017 - Kristen Scheidter's poster was awarded honorable mention for outstanding poster in the social sciences at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Congrats, Kristen!

Apr 25, 2017 - Kristen Scheidter will present a poster about her research on attention for snakes and angry faces at the Undergraduate Research Symposium this Friday between 1-3pm at the Millennium Student Center. Come to hear more about her research and about the research of other undergraduate students.

Apr 17, 2017 - The March for Science will be this Saturday at 1pm at Union Station. We plan to take the metrolink from the UMSL North Station at 11:56am. Feel free to gather at the UMSL North Station around 11:45am if you want to travel with us. Bring your friends and family! In addition, we’ll hold a sign-making session (supplies not provided) in the lab (437 Stadler Hall) this Friday from 3:30-5pm. Feel free to join and to spread the word!

Apr 14, 2017 - The St. Louis Science Center is organizing SciFest: Brain Matters this Saturday and we will be there! Come and do some fun activities (such as Color the Brain) at our Behavioral Neuroscience booth. And attend Dr. Langeslag's presentation "The Emotional Brain" at 3:15pm to learn more about emotions and the brain. Hope to see you on Saturday!

Mar 24, 2017 - Jacquèline Crues and Katrina Lynn will present posters about butterflies in the stomach during infatuation and whether being in love distracts you from doing other tasks such as your work or homework at the St. Louis Undergraduate Research Symposium on Apr 1. Come and hear more about their interesting research!

Mar 6, 2017 - Our symposium Romantic Love and Cognition has been accepted for ISRE 2017. The topic of this symposium is the interaction between love and cognition and it will touch on topics such as obsessive thinking about the beloved, online dating, interpersonal betrayal, and heartbreak. Hope to see you at ISRE 2017!

Feb 12, 2017 - Fortune has published my column How to Become More (or Less) in Love With Someone, According to a Psychology Professor as part of their Tools of the Trade series.

Jan 18, 2017 - Are you single? Sign up for our Scientific Speed Dating event on Feb 9 and find your Valentine!

Nov 4, 2016 - Kruti Surti has won the People's Choice Award at the 3-Minute Thesis Competition with her presentation "Do you think you can control love?". Congratulations!

Sept 26, 2016 - Our work has featured in OZY Media: How to make yourself fall in love - or out of love.

Sept 20, 2016 - Do you want to learn more about the neuroscience research that is going on at UMSL? Come and attend the first UMSL Neuroscience Research Showcase on Friday Oct 14, organized by the Center for Neurodynamics. Noon - 1pm: keynote by Erik Herzog (Washington University) about his research on circadian clocks - Weinman Auditorium on South Campus. 1:30 - 3:30 pm: poster presentations of UMSL neuroscience research - lobby of the new Optometry Clinic building on South Campus. Hope to see you there!

Aug 2, 2016 - Our paper "Regulation of romantic love feelings: Preconceptions, strategies, and feasibility" has been accepted for publication in PLOS ONE.

May 2, 2016 - Kruti Surti has been awarded the Boswell Psi Chi Award, which is awarded to an active Psi Chi member who has demonstrated academic excellence and commitment to the field of scientific research in psychology. Congratulations, Kruti!

Apr 28, 2016 - Three NEM Lab students will present their research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium this Friday (Apr 29) between noon-3pm at the MSC. Kruti Surti will present her poster about the influence on attention during neutral tasks between 1-3pm, Katrina Lynn will give a talk about why beloved-related information distracts people from neutral tasks at 2pm, and Remy Mallett will give a talk about lucid dreaming at 1pm. This is your chance to hear about their interesting work!

Apr 25, 2016 - I will speak about "The Neurocognition of Romantic Love" on Wednesday Apr 27 at 4pm at the Behavior, Brain, & Cognition Colloquium at Washington University (Danforth Campus, Psychology Building room 216). All are welcome!

Apr 22, 2016 - Michelle Sanchez has won the third prize and the People's Choice at the 3-Minute Thesis Competition. Congratulations!

Apr 21, 2016 - Michelle Sanchez will participate in the 3-Minute Thesis Competition tomorrow. Come and join the event to hear all presentations and to support Michelle. Friday Apr 22, 3-6pm in 92 JC Penney. See you then!

Apr 12, 2016 - Michelle Sanchez will be presenting her poster "Love Regulation Strategies Modulate Romantic Heartbreak" at the Graduate Research Fair this Friday (Apr 15) between 3-6pm in the MSC Century Rooms. Come and check her poster out!

Apr 11, 2016 - A big thank you to the UMSL student(s) who nominated me for the Last Lecture. I'm very honored!

Mar 4, 2016 - Kruti Surti has been an undergraduate research assistant since the start of the lab in 2014 and has now been accepted as a PhD student in the lab. We are excited to have you around for a few more years, Kruti!

Feb 22, 2016 - We are organizing a No-Host Dinner on March 17 about the Science of Romantic Love at the 2016 Annual Conference of The Society of Affective Science in Chicago. Hope you see you there!

Jan 26, 2016 - BuzzFeed has published an online version of our love questionnaire. Check it out here.

Jan 8, 2016 - Our abstract "Langeslag & Van Strien, Regulation of romantic love feelings: Preconceptions, strategies, and feasibility" has been selected for a flash talk at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Society for Affective Science (SAS) in Chicago in March.

Nov 13, 2015 - Our work is featured in EQ, which is an online magazine that promotes stories of innovation in St. Louis. A great honor! Disrupting love with Sandra Langeslag.

Nov 13, 2015 - You can now follow the lab on facebook. Just like our facebook page.

Sept 30, 2015 - I have been nominated for the 2015 Rising Star designation of the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

Sept 17, 2015 - The video of my presentation The Brain in Love has been posted on youtube.com.

Aug 24, 2015 - Michelle E. Sanchez, BA, is a new master student in the lab. Welcome Michelle!

July 20, 2015 - Learn more about our research by attending my presentation The Brain in Love on Aug 4 at 6:30pm at the Center of Clayton.

Apr 27, 2015 - Check out the article about our studies on love on UMSL Daily.

Feb 13, 2015 - Are you in love? And would you like to earn $10? Send an email to nemlabpsychology@umd.edu to see if you are eligible to participate in any of our studies!

Dec 12, 2014 - Our article "Reduced cognitive control in passionate lovers" is one of the most frequently discussed articles via Social Media and other online platforms over the course of the last year that has appeared in Motivation and Emotion.

Nov 18, 2014 - I have been awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Research Award for the project "Floor and ceiling effects in the up- and down-regulation of emotions" ($12,400).

Oct 3, 2014 - The EEG equipment has been ordered, so we will be able to measure some brain waves soon.

Sept 2, 2014 - Today was the very first lab meeting of the Neurocognition of Emotion and Motivation Lab. We're ready to do some groundbreaking research!

Aug 30, 2014 - One of the main newspapers in The Netherlands (NRC Handelsblad) has published an interview with me about my research on romantic love.

Jul 11, 2014 - Our paper "Network organization unfolds over time during periods of anxious anticipation" has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Neuroscience.

May 30, 2014 - Our paper showing that rsfMRI acquisition times of approximately 5½ minutes can extract the full complement of brain networks in young children with little head motion has been accepted for publication in Brain Connectivity.

Mar 13, 2014 - I have been invited to be on the post-show discussion panel of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Center Stage in Baltimore on March 20 to contribute to the discussion of the multifaceted nature of love.

Feb 11, 2014 - Our paper showing that infatuated individuals have increased attention and memory for information that has to do with their beloved has been accepted for publication in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Jan 29, 2014 - I have accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Department of Psychological Sciences, starting in the Fall of 2014.

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