In the Lab for the Study of Anxiety and Relationships (L-STAR) we use behavioral, eye-tracking, and neuroimaging methods to study the ways in which anxiety affects interpersonal relationships. Our work focuses in particular on clarifying how anxiety biases our perceptions, thought patterns, and behaviors in ways that impede healthy connections with others. Because our research relies on the hard work of graduate, post-baccalaureate, and undergraduate students, we are also actively engaged in training the next generation of psychologists.
Dr. Erin Tone directs L-STAR, which is housed in the department of psychology at Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta. It is affiliated with the Georgia State/Georgia Tech Center for Advanced Brain Imaging (CABI), as well as with the GSU Center for Atypical Development and Learning. Work in our lab has received generous support from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Georgia State University’s Brains and Behavior Program, and the GSU Center for Advanced Brain Imaging. Please browse this site to learn more about L-STAR’s work and opportunities for involvement with the lab and its ongoing research.