CUTA Research Sparks Interest in Psychology Student 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Psychology senior Amanda Holbrook assists with research at the SDSU Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety (CUTA). During her time at CUTA Amanda has gained knowledge about electroencephalogram (EEG) and disorders such as anxiety, depression and OCD.

On a weekly basis, Amanda is involved with many activities ranging from participant recruitment, to running appointments and collecting EEG data, clinical interviewer training, and facilitating an OCD support group. She is also learning to create scripts in Rstudio and Matlab to process and analyze their data. The lab has given her plenty of opportunities to apply what she has learned at USD, especially from classes like Research Methods, Statistics, Bio-Psych, and Abnormal Psychology.

Amanda recently applied to her first conference to present her research on a specific Event Related Potential (ERP) component, the Late Positive Potential (LPP) which was measured through EEG in a sample of 189 women. 

“Applying to a conference was rewarding in itself, but I hopefully will get the opportunity to present the research soon. I have also learned about potential graduate school opportunities and the application process, which has peaked my interest in earning a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Overall, the lab has been a fun and educational experience, and I am looking forward to continuing my work here.” - Amanda Holbrook




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