Johanna Jarcho, Temple University

Dr. Jarcho is an assistant professor of psychology at Temple University. She did her post-doctoral work at the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program and her Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Jarcho directs the Social Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at Temple University, where she bridges the areas of development and social affective neuroscience to study links between brain function and social-cognitive processes that evolve during adolescence.

“I knew you weren’t going to like me!”: 
Associations between social anxiety symptoms and neural response to social evaluation"

During adolescence, a developmentally normative increase in the desire for social acceptance corresponds with higher onset rates of social anxiety. Indeed, the hallmark feature of social anxiety is the expectation that peer-based interactions will go poorly. Despite this, the neurocognitive mechanisms implicated in social evaluation in relation to social anxiety remains ill-defined. One factor that may contribute to these expectations is a biased recall for negative social outcomes. In this talk, Dr. Jarcho will describe fMRI and EEG-based studies that suggest a biased recall for negative social outcomes in adolescent social anxiety is associated with altered: 1) fronto-striatal response to unexpectedly positive social outcomes; and 2) engagement of reinforcement processes in response to accurately predicted negative social outcomes. Dr. Jarcho will then discuss future directions of this research and its clinical implications.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 4:30pm
101 Peretsman Scully Hall
Hosted by: 
Emily Liquin and Abla Alaoui-Soce
Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Neuroscience & Social Decision Making