Heightened anxiety linked to an impaired ability to simulate alternative versions of past events
People with higher trait anxiety tend to have a harder time creating detailed mental simulations, according to new research published in the journal Cognition and Emotion.
“My research has convinced me that our capacity to imagine possible personal events critically depends on our capacity to remember our personal past,” said study author Felipe De Brigard, an associate professor at Duke University and principal investigator at the Imagination and Modal Cognition Lab.
The study, “Phenomenology of counterfactual thinking is dampened in anxious individuals“, was authored by Natasha Parikh, Kevin S. LaBar, and Felipe De Brigard.
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Collaborations spanned the University, from the Divinity School to the Program in General Education—just as they do in person. In a virtual visit for PSY 1013 The Mind’s Eye: Psychology of Imagination, taught by Natasha Parikh, students joined a team of curators and curatorial fellows to discuss artists’ endeavors to depict people and places they never saw; the ways in which our imagination alters what we remember; and the relationship between creativity and imagination. .....
WHILE HER UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR (mathematical and computational biology) steered her toward doctoral studies and a career as a neuroscientist and a professor, Natasha Parikh’s research has been directly influenced by her work as an HMC proctor and mentor.
“As a proctor, I saw people get stressed out in day-to-day life,” says Parikh ’14. “I became more and more interested in human behavior and how that influences what the brain is doing. I wanted to know how some people do a good job handling the incredible stressors of college life, while others need more support and resources.” .....
Excerpts from Parikh's Nomination
“From the moment she started working with us I have been utterly impressed by her discipline, her technical and mathematical skills, her capacity to learn and find innovative solutions to difficult problems, her natural inclination toward leadership, and her unquestionable promise to become a leading researcher and instructor in psychology and neuroscience.” .....
Profiles along my teaching & research journey