BA, MA, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
Dr. Baschnagel’s current research focuses on studying addictive behavior, specifically the attentional and emotional aspects of addiction. This includes studying the effects of nicotine on attentional and emotional processes in both smokers and non-smokers and assessing cue-reactivity to smoking cues and alcohol cues in adults. One particular focus is on incorporation of mobile eye-tracking into cue-reactivity paradigms. Dr. Baschnagel typically uses psychophysiological research methods to study attention and emotional processing; measures such as the startle eye-blink reflex, facial EMG, heartrate, and skin conductance responses and is currently working a method to incorporate these measures with mobile eye-tracking. In addition to using these measures to study addictive behaviors he has applied them to the study of attentional and emotional processing in borderline personality disorder populations, the effects of incentives on basic attentional processes, and emotional processing associated with jealousy. Dr. Baschnagel collaborates with faculty in the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory and with faculty in the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology here at RIT.