The Social Cognitive and Addiction Neuroscience lab (SCANlab) is dedicated to understanding how people think about and respond to others, how aspects of the social world influence risk for alcohol and other drug use and abuse, and how brain and behavior interact to provide answers to these and related questions. In particular, research in the SCANlab is focused on discovering:

  • How basic cognitive processes interact with motivation and emotion to guide goal-directed behavior
  • How alcohol consumption influences cognitive and affective processes, and how changes in these processes influence social behavior
  • Biobehavioral markers of risk for heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder, and how these relate to certain individual differences such as sensitivity to alcohol’s acute effects
  • Effects of alcohol marketing approaches on neural and behavioral responses to alcohol and their associations with future drinking behavior and associated negative consequences

Our lab provides several opportunities for training and education in social neuroscience and alcohol research.

Note: Dr. Bartholow is accepting applications for new doctoral students for the 2016-2017 academic year. Contact Dr. Bartholow for more information regarding available post-doctoral positions for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Recent Lab News

  • SCANlab student Hannah Volpert wins 2015 Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR) Student Travel Award
  • Hannah Volpert will receive funds to defray the cost of her attendance at the SPR annual meeting in Seattle, WA in September.

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  • Post-doc Liana Hone joins the SCANlab
  • We are very pleased that Dr. Liana Hone, whose research focuses on the evolutionary bases of risk-taking behaviors, has joined the SCANlab.

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  • SCANlab Graduate Students Awarded Summer Grant Writing Fellowships for 2015
  • Curt Von Gunten and Meredith Johnson were both awarded 2015 summer grant writing fellowships from the Department of Psychological Sciences.

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  • Post-doc Ozlem Korucuoglu joins the SCANlab
  • Although rather old news by now, we were joined in September of 2014 by Ozlem Korucuoglu, a researcher specializing in adolescent alcohol use and other risky behaviors.

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  • Graduate Student Jorge Martins joins the SCANlab
  • We’re pleased to welcome our first international graduate student, Jorge Martins, to the SCAN lab.

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