What I do
My goal is to foster student curiosity, passion and excitement by introducing the ways the scientific method can be applied to understand seemingly intangible phenomena, like human emotion.
emotion and cognition interactions, emotion regulation, neuroscience, neuroimaging, affective science
In addition, I am interested in how attention, thought and memory change and are changed by emotion. Specifically, I examine processes that are characterized by emotion-cognition interactions, such as emotion regulation, the cognitive generation of emotion and emotional awareness.
I teach graduate seminars in affective neuroscience and fMRI methods, and undergraduate courses such as a first-year seminar called, "Exploring Psychology Through Theater" and a service-learning seminar course for junior and senior psychology students called, "Emotion Regulation." I am devoted to teaching, advising, and mentoring all students, with a particular focus on first-generation and students from minoritized groups.
I am currently the curriculum coordinator and head of the Affective, Social and Cognitive (ASC) area for the Department of Psychology and serve as an associate editor for the APA journal Emotion.
- Ph.D., Psychology, University of Arizona, 2007
- MA, Psychology, University of Arizona, 2004
- BA, Human Biology and Drama, Stanford University, 2002
- Social and Affective Neuroscience Society
I direct the laboratory for the study of automaticity, affect, control and thought (the AACT lab).
Areas of Research
- CAREER: The Effects of Process Facilitation on Emotion Regulation
- Investigating the neural systems that support the beneficial effects of positive emotion on stress regulation.
- Reproducibility Project: Psychology
- Using Positive Reappraisal to COunter Negative Emotion: Its Neural Mechanisms and Role in Resilience
- Faculty Adviser of the Year, Academic Advising
- Paper of the Year, Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
- Preregistration Challenge Prize, Center for Open Science
Dr. McRae will be reviewing applications for fall 2022 admission.