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Our research focuses on the development of neurobehavioral systems underlying personality and individual differences. In particular, we are interested in the maturation of neural and cognitive processes underlying disadvantageous decision-making in young people.


The human brain changes rapidly in adolescence and young adulthood, potentially facilitating the integration of social information, emotions, and long-term goals. Yet for individuals whose emotions are especially reactive and intense, this developmental transition may be a period of risk for volatile relationships and impulsive behaviors that are harmful. Our lab seeks to understand personality, brain, and behavioral differences between individuals who experience intense, unstable emotions relative to those with greater self-regulation.


The lab is directed by Michael Hallquist, Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience.


We are a part of the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.