Poster Session

Identifying Neural Connections in Affect Regulation to Surprised Faces and Changing Contexts: an fMRI feasibility study

This study evaluated emotional regulation, through the use of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), in healthy adults when exposed to static faces and changing contexts or stories. Emotional regulation is the array of automatic and controlled strategies that either attach meaning to, or directs attention to or away from, an event. This study identified neural connectivity of 10 healthy volunteers,  evaluating differences between responses to neutral stories, happy stories and scary stories combined with repeating surprised faces.


Brenda Marshall
William Paterson University

Nhat Nguyen
William Paterson University

Dr. Marshall  a psychiatric nurse practitioner and an associate professor at William Paterson University. She is an  internationally recognized speaker with multiple publications.   A participant in the Harvard University Martino’s fMRI visiting fellowship, Dr. Marshall was able to test a hypothesis related to affect regulation with one subject.  The result of that case study provided the curiosity to repeat the same study with 10 volunteers in a seminal research project.

Mr. Nguyen is an RN pursuing his MSN at present.  He has been a part of the fMRI study from the start, when he was getting his BSN.