Positive and Negative brains

Research Topics

Welcome to the website of the Neurocognition of Emotion and Motivation (NEM) Lab at the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri - St. Louis, directed by Dr. Sandra Langeslag. We are intrigued by the relation between the brain and everyday experiences.

Our 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. While some of our studies are about emotions and motivations in general, most of our studies concern romantic love. Specifically, we study 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.

For example, we have shown that infatuated individuals have increased attention and memory for their beloved and for information that has to do with their beloved. We also study how infatuation might distract people from doing other things, such as their work or homework. Finally, we have shown that love feelings can be increased and decreased using cognitive strategies, which could be helpful in long-term relationships and after romantic break-ups.


Sandra J.E. Langeslag, Ph.D.
Department of Psychological Sciences
University of Missouri - St. Louis
417 Stadler Hall
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499

Email: langeslags@umsl.edu
Phone: +1-314-516-5395
Facebook: NEM Lab at UMSL

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