Michael Larson, Associate Professor

Department: Psychology

Vita

Email: michael_larson@byu.edu

Office: 244 TLRB

Phone: 801-422-6125

Website

Bio

Please see Dr. Larson's lab website at http://cogneuro.byu.edu for more information about Dr. Larson and his lab.

Education

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology Emphasis) from University of Florida, 2008
  • MS in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology Emphasis) from University of Florida, 2004
  • BS in Psychology from Brigham Young University, 2002

Research Interests

The aims of my Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (CCNN) lab and research program center on these cognitive control functions and are four-fold. First, we (myself, students, and collaborators) test hypotheses about behavioral (e.g., response times, error rates) and neural (primarily event-related potential [ERP] and functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI]) reflections of cognitive control to determine how the brain exerts control of behavior, adjusts in the presence of conflict and errors, and under what conditions cognitive control is enhanced or compromised. Second, we aim to understand the lifespan developmental course and subsequent deterioration of cognitive control component processes associated with neurologic insult or psychopathology, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), autism, depression, or anxiety. Understanding these neural processes can assist our understanding of cognitive rehabilitation, psychotherapy, or pharmacological treatment. Third, we aim to identify the role of cognitive control component processes in exercise and food-related behaviors, including food-related response inhibition and the role of cognitive control in food intake, exercise, and obesity. Fourth, we aim to determine the psychometric properties of biological measures, such as ERPs, to both improve current research and allow for future clinical application. Attention to psychometrics demonstrates our lab’s dedication to rigorous research and strong methodology.

Dr. Larson also works with Dr. Erin Bigler, Dr. Derin Cobia, and Dr. Shawn Gale (and multiple additional affiliated faculty) training students in clinical neuropsychology. Please see Dr. Larson's lab website at http://cogneuro.byu.edu for more information about Dr. Larson and his lab.

Awards

  • Editor-in-Chief from International Journal of Psychophysiology,
  • University Young Scholar Award from Brigham Young University, 2015
  • College Outstanding Young Alumnus from University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, 2014
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus from University of Florida Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, 2013
  • Teacher of the Year Award from BYU Psi Chi, 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • International Organization for Psychophysiology
  • Society for Psychophysiological Research
  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • Association for Psychological Science