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Richard GonzalezRichard Gonzalez

Center Director, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research
Co-Director, BioSocial Methods Collaborative
Amos N Tversky Collegiate Professor, Psychology and Statistics, LSA
Professor of Integrative Systems and Design, College of Engineering


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Address: Research Center for Group Dynamics
Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan
426 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106
Phone: 734-647-6785

Articles in Brain Imaging

A call to take a population approach to neuroscience

We describe and promote a perspective—population neuroscience—that leverages interdisciplinary expertise to (i) emphasize the importance of sampling to more clearly define the relevant populations and sampling strategies needed when using neuroscience methods to address such questions; and (ii) deepen understanding of mechanisms within population science by providing insight regarding underlying neural mechanisms.

How do emotions help us learn and decide?

How do emotions help us learn and decide?

We developed a new paradigm where participants learn risky contingencies and then make decisions based on what they learned, all while in an MRI machine so BOLD can be measured along with the behavioral data. We find that affective processes play an important role in shaping subjective value in decision making as well as learning.

How does the brain facilitate rumination and what is the relation to depression?

This paper compares how depressed and healthy controls differ in their ability to forget information, particularly negative information, which may be a precursor for psychological processes such as rumination. We present a new approach to fMRI data analysis that focuses on spatial variability in activation. We find that participants with major depressive disorder show more spatially variable activation in the inferior frontal gyrus compared to healthy control participants using a directed-forgetting task.

Functional localizers in fMRI

We present two experiments and a literature review that explore whether face localizer tasks yield differential localization in the fusiform gyrus as a function of task and contrasting stimuli.