Jonides Lab Research

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  • Philip Cheng

  • Graduate Student
  • Education

  • B.S., University of Michigan, Psychology & Music, 2008
  • Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan, Clinical Psychology

Research Interests

    My primary research interest is in the relationship between sleep and the processes of emotion and cognition in depression. The pervasiveness of sleep across all species suggests a functional significance and must have a profound effect on human behavior and cognition, especially for those suffering from depression. I have research experience in sleep, psychophysiology, as well as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with the human brain. With these methods, I have looked empirically at emotion and cognition as well as the brain and behavioral manifestations. My thesis looks at the relationship between slow wave sleep deprivation and electroencephalogram (EEG) anterior asymmetry with its correlation to mood. Using the oddball paradigm, I have used event-related potentials (ERP) data to look at cognition, particularly at the P300 component. I have also worked on a project that aims to develop a method of simultaneous acquisition of ERP and fMRI data. In addition, I have training in sleep research methodology and sleep scoring protocol under the direction of Dr. Roseanne Armitage at the Sleep and Chronophysiology Lab. I also have an active interest in translational work between cognitive psychology in clinical populations.

Current Projects

  • Anterior EEG asymmetry in sleep deprivation and enhancement
  • Rumination and Depression through the Task-Switching paradigm
  • Influences of Attentional-Control on Memory Biases in Major Depressive Disorder
  • Racial attitudes and cognitive resource allocation
  • Anti-depressive effects of Ketamine in EEG

Outside Interests

  • Vocal performance
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Cooking