Laura J. McClenahan

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Pavlovian conditioning paradigms have revealed fear learning tendencies that may be implicated in the etiology and maintenance of anxiety disorders. Given the prominence of disgust in certain anxiety disorders, it may be fruitful to study disgust learning in addition to fear learning. The present study utilized eye tracking to examine the effects of disgust(More)
Mental imagery can have powerful training effects on behavior, but how this occurs is not well understood. Here we show that even a single instance of mental imagery can improve attentional selection of a target more effectively than actually practicing visual search. By recording subjects' brain activity, we found that these imagery-induced training(More)
There is a strong belief among individuals in scientific, medical, and lay industries (e.g., surgeons, educators, athletes, musicians, and psychiatrists) that imagery can help us improve performance in variety of tasks and situations. The theories that seek to motivate potentially beneficial effects of imagining propose that imagery improves processes late(More)
We can improve human vision by correcting the optics of our lenses [1-3]. However, after the eye transduces the light, visual cortex has its own limitations that are challenging to correct [4]. Overcoming these limitations has typically involved innovative training regimes that improve vision across many days [5, 6]. In the present study, we wanted to(More)
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