Sandra Langeslag, Ph.D.
Associate Department Chair
Dr. Sandra Langeslag obtained her Ph.D. in Biological and Cognitive Psychology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Dr. Langeslag's research focuses on the neurocognition of emotion and motivation. Examples of research topics are the effects of emotion and motivation on attention and memory, and the cognitive regulation of emotions and motivations. Specifically, Dr. Langeslag studies the neurocognition of romantic love, using event-related potentials (ERP), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and behavioral methods. This research is extremely relevant and important because virtually everyone falls in love at least once and falling in love has major impact on people’s lives. In past studies, Dr. Langeslag has shown that infatuated individuals have increased attention and memory for their beloved and for information that has to do with their beloved. She currently examines how infatuation might distract people from doing other things, such as their work or homework. Finally, she currently investigates whether love feelings can be increased and decreased using cognitive strategies.