Avila University

Marcia Smith Pasqualini, Ph.D
Office: 1008 Foyle, 816.501.3664
Marcia.Pasqualini@Avila.edu


Social Neuroscience Laboratory


We completed two questionnaire studies investigating public speaking and generalized anxiety. Yoshi Oba, a recent graduate of our Counseling Psychology, was a lead researcher on these studies. Results of our research were presented at APA and APS in 2011. Check out Yoshi's video blog from APS in English, and in Japanese.


One latest studies included an investigation of cognitive, affective and psychophysiological measures (including measurements of heart rate variability, respiration, skin conductance, and hand temperature, as well as videorecording/coding systems), related to different types of anxiety. Preliminary results were presented at APA and APS in 2012.

Previously, we investigated the effects of neurofeedback on cognition and mood, in conjunction with researchers in
England, Denmark, and Russia, and funded by the Bial Foundation of Portugal.

Dr. Pasqualini's earlier research included investigations of facial expression and emotion in people with Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and Down's syndrome, as well as chimpanzees!

In the photo: Yoshitaro Oba (left) receiving the award for Outstanding Scholar in Avila University's Graduate Psychology program, with Marcia Pasqualini.