Research in our lab uses translational methodologies to better understand how differences in the brain impact motivational processes and visual attention and how this manifests in various brain disorders.

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Research Interests

Broadly, Dr. Troiani is interested in how innate motivation or homeostatic drives change activity in the brain and subsequently alter attention and perception. Her research aims to understand the behavioral and genetic contributions to atypical motivational circuitry in the brain and how this contributes to psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Troiani studies the structure and function of brain regions involved in motivated attention, including reward-processing structures like the amygdala, nucleus accumbens, and orbitofrontal cortex. Her scientific worldview is inherently multidisciplinary, as she is interested in how atypical motivation can manifest in multiple disorders, from autism to obesity to addiction. Dr. Troiani uses a variety of techniques in this work, including psychophysics, eye tracking, structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, electronic health record analysis, and genomics.

Highlighted Research

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Eye Tracking and Pupillometry


Genetics and Addiction


Brain Structure & Function

Recent News

Staff Scientist Antoinette DiCriscio, PhD Scheduled to Present at INSAR 2021 Annual Virtual Meeting

Apr 19, 2021

Dr. Antoinette Dicriscio will be presenting on Comprehensive Assessment of Visual Perceptual Skills in ASD at INSAR's 20th Anniversary of their Annual Meeting which will be held virtually May 3rd through May 7th.

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