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Friedman, Naomi P Associate Professor

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Research

research overview

  • My research is focused on specifying the neural and genetic mechanisms underlying individual differences in executive functions –– high-level cognitive processes that regulate thought and action and thereby enable goal-directed behavior –– and their relations to everyday self-regulation and psychopathology. I use a variety of approaches, including neuroimaging, twin studies, and statistical genetic analyses.

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  • executive functions, intelligence, working memory, cognitive abilities, individual differences, self regulation, behavioral genetics, twin studies, neuroimaging, neuroscience

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • PSYC 3102 - Behavioral Genetics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces the basic principles of genetics, covers how these principles can be used in the study of behavior, and evaluates the evidence for genetic influences on behavioral characteristics.
  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.
  • PSYC 5741 - General Statistics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Surveys probability and statistics in psychology. Instructor consent required.
  • PSYC 5751 - General Statistics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Continuation of PSYC 5741. Instructor consent required.
  • PSYC 5761 - Structural Equation Modeling
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Provides training in the use of structural equation modeling, a class of analytic techniques that include the estimation of unobserved, or latent, constructs and an estimation of relationships among latent constructs. Recommended prerequisite: successful completion of graduate level statistics.
  • PSYC 6761 - Topics in Advanced Structural Equations Modeling
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Covers topics in advanced structural equation modeling, including modeling with nonlinear observed variables, latent variable interactions, longitudinal models, mixture models and transition analysis. Other topics will be covered by request. Recommended prerequisite: PSYC 5761.

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