Associate Professor
Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program
Neuroscience Program

Basic Information

523 Psychology Building
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Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville

Research Interests

Our lab is broadly interested in the brain mechanisms that underlie emotional stimulus processing. Through the use of noninvasive measures including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), dense-array electroencephalography (EEG), and peripheral psychophysiological recording, we investigate the functions of cortical and subcortical networks during emotional perception and imagery. Our research is generally consistent with the hypothesis that affective cues engage basic brain processes that have evolved to mediate appetitive and defensive behaviors. Tracking the action of the brain requires exquisite resolution in space and time, and thus our lab is also focused on refining the techniques used to acquire and analyze high-resolution brain imaging data.

Selected Publications

Sabatinelli, D., Frank, D. W., Wanger, T. J., Dhamala, M., Adhikari, B.M., & Li, X. (in press) The timing and directional connectivity of human frontoparietal and ventral visual attention networks in emotional scene perception. Neuroscience. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2014.07.005

Frank, D. W., Dewitt, M., Hudgens-Haney, M., Schaeffer, D. J., Ball, B.H., Schwarz, N., Hussein, A.A., Smart, L.M., & Sabatinelli, D. (in press). Emotion regulation: Quantitative meta analysis of functional activation and deactivation.Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2014.06.010.

Sabatinelli, D. The methodological and conceptual utility of differentiating emotional arousal. (in press). Emotion Review.

Sabatinelli, D. McTeague, L.M., Dhamala, M., Frank, D.W., Wanger, T.J., & Adhikari, B. (in press). Reduced medial prefrontal-subcortical modulation in dysphoria: Granger causality analyses of rapid functional MRI. Brain Connectivity. doi:10.1089/brain.2013.0186

Prause, N, Steele, V.R., Staley, C., & Sabatinelli, D. (in press). The late positive potential to explicit sexual images is associated with risky sexual behavior and modulated by reward responsivity. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsu024

Bradley, M. M., Sabatinelli, D., & Lang, P. J. (in press). Emotion and motivation in the perceptual processing of natural scenes. In K. Kveraga & M. Bar (Eds.) Scene Vision: Making sense of what we see. MIT Press.

Thom, N., Knight, J., Dishman, R., Sabatinelli, D., Johnson, D. C., & Clementz, B. A. (2014). Emotional scenes elicit more pronounced self-reported emotional experience and greater EPN and LPP modulation when compared to emotional faces. Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, 849-860.

Stringham, N. T., Sabatinelli, D., & Stringham, J. M. (2013). A potential mechanism for color compensation in the blue-yellow visual channel. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 331, 1-6.

Sabatinelli, D., Keil, A., Frank, D. W., & Lang, P. J. (2013). Emotional perception: Correspondence of early and late event-related potentials with cortical and subcortical functional MRI. Biological Psychology, 92, 513-519.

Hamm, J. P., Sabatinelli, D., & Clementz, B. A. (2012). Alpha oscillations and the voluntary control of saccadic behavior. Experimental Brain Research, 221, 123-128.

Beasley, M., Sabatinelli, D., & Obasi, E. (2012). Neuroimaging evidence for social rank theory. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 123, 1-3.

Frank, D.W. & Sabatinelli, D. (2012). Stimulus-driven reorienting in the ventral frontoparietal attention network: The role of emotional content. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 115, 1-6.

Keil, A., Costa, V. D., Smith, J. C., Sabatinelli, D., McGinnis, E. M., Bradley, M. M., & Lang, P. J. (2011). Tagging cortical networks in emotion: A topographical analysis. Human Brain Mapping, 33, 2920-2931.

Sabatinelli, D., Fortune, E. E., Li, Q., Siddiqui, A., Krafft, C., Oliver, W. T., Beck, S. & Jeffries, J. (2011). Emotional perception: Meta analyses of face and natural scene processing. NeuroImage, 54, 2524-2533.