Dr. Robert Melara


Dr. Melara is the chair of the Psychology Department at the City College of New York.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook and his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research.  Dr. Melara measures the psychophysical (signal detection, reaction time) and electrophysiological (event-related potentials) activity of human participants as they perform tasks of visual, auditory, or cross-modal selective attention (i.e., making cognitive decisions within distracting environments).  The goal of his research is to develop formal models of human attentional systems, models that explicitly link on-line physiological processing to momentary behavioral performance.  His current research interests include investigations of cognitive decline in psychiatric populations including the loss of inhibitory control diagnosed in patients with post traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorder, and borderline personality disorder.

Email: rmelara@ccny.cuny.edu

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