The Michigan Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (MiSCAN) Lab conducts research investigating how the brain processes social information (e.g., faces, eye gaze direction, emotion, reward) and how these cognitive processes are affected in psychiatric populations, especially schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. We use behavioral, physiological (event-related brain potential, ERP) and neuroimaging (functional MRI) methods in our studies. The overarching goal of our work is to identify behavioral, socio-emotional, and neurobiological markers of serious mental disorders, in order to develop novel cognitive training and brain stimulation interventions to improve patients’ social functioning and quality of life. The MiSCAN Lab is led by Dr. Ivy Tso and engined by her study coordinator and a group of undergraduate research assistants and a postdoctoral fellow.