Dr. Laura Berner’s lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has a new opportunity for a master’s student project.
Dr. Berner’s lab conducts research studies that aim to understand (1) the process of adaptively engaging self-control; and (2) how changes in internal and motivational states may abnormally shape decisions about self-control in individuals with eating disorders.
Since our past research has shown that women with bulimia nervosa do not effectively engage the prefrontal cortex when they try to control their eating behavior, we are conducting a new study that examines whether training patients to increase their own prefrontal cortex activation (via neurofeedback during eating) reduces their eating disorder symptoms. This study will use a portable brain-imaging technology called functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to administer neurofeedback.
The student project would involve training in and execution of the following:
• fNIRS data collection and neurofeedback
• Protocol and database creation and management
• Participant recruitment
• Psychodiagnostic assessment
The student would have an opportunity to analyze data from behavioral tasks and functional MRI and be exposed to neuroimaging and clinical cognitive neuroscience.
Previous experience with clinical research, REDCap, R, MATLAB, and neuroimaging are preferred but not essential.
A 15-hour per week and 1-year minimum commitment are required.