The lab is led by Dr Noham Wolpe, a clinical psychiatrist and a researcher.
Our broad interest is in how mental health factors, such as mood and motivation, affect our everyday actions and movements.
We show that reduced motivation, which is part of what is called 'negative symptoms' in schizophrenia, is partly explained by medication-induced sedation. This has significant implications for the as yet poorly treated negative symptoms in schizophrenia.
Our work (full manuscript) shows that the pre-supplementary motor area exerts inhibitory control over our voluntary action by dynamically adjusting the thresholds for making a response.
Here's a mini-talk on these findgins at the 'EPS Workshop on Decision Making in Voluntary Action' in 2021.