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Justin Storbeck
Position: Associate Professor
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Phone: 718.997.3294
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., University of Virginia
Training Area: Basic and Applied Social Psychology|Clinical Psychology @ Queens College|Cognitive and Comparative Psychology (CCP)
Research Interests: Affective valence and cognition
Research Focus: Neuroscience

Research Interests:

  • Emotion
  • EEG & Prefrontal Asymmetries
  • Emotion & Cognition Interactions

Dr. Storbeck runs the Queens Affective Neuroscience Laboratory. The laboratory investigates the cognitive costs and benefits of emotions using the brain imaging technique of EEG, creating a visual window into neural activity during emotional states and cognitive tasks. Dr. Storbeck is specifically interested in seeing how emotional states change brain activation patterns (e.g., prefrontal asymmetries) and whether the different activation patterns can predict cognitive performance. The lab currently has multiple ongoing projects designed to answer the following questions: (1) Are certain cognitive tasks (verbal vs. spatial tasks) performed better when in a specific emotional state (happy vs. sad)? And if certain cognitive tasks are enhanced by specific emotional states, does this influence neural efficiency and self-control ability? (2) Does emotional arousal influence evaluations, attitudes and perceptions? For example, if one was emotionally aroused or stressed, would they form stronger attitudes and heightened perceptions? (3) How do emotional states influence thinking and memory? Specifically, can emotional states guide how we learn new information, and as a result influence memory for better and sometimes for worse?