DIRECTOR

Andrei C. Miu, Ph.D.


Andrei Miu is Professor at the Department of Psychology, and the Founding Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Babeș-Bolyai University. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Babeș-Bolyai University, his M.Sc. in Molecular Medicine and Neuroscience from “Iuliu Hațieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Babeș-Bolyai University. His research investigates the psychological and biological underpinnings of emotion and emotion regulation, with the aim of uncovering individual differences that contribute to risk for psychopathology. His graduate and undergraduate courses include Introduction to Neuroscience, Behavioral Genetics, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroscience and Mental Health, and Psychophysiology.

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RESEARCHER

Romana Vulturar, M.D., Ph.D.

 

Romana Vulturar is Lecturer in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, "Iuliu Hațieganu" University of Medicine and Pharmacy. She received her M.D. in 1996, and her Ph.D. in Medicine - Cell and Molecular Biology in 2004, both from the “Iuliu Hațieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy. She also holds an M.Sc. degree in Molecular Medicine and Neuroscience, and she completed her medical residency (2000-2005) in the field of Medical Genetics. Since 2011, she is Senior Physician (the highest degree for physicians in Romania) in Medical Genetics, being involved in the diagnosis of certain rare genetic disorders like Inborn Errors of Metabolism. She joined the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory in 2008, where she has supervised the development of laboratory protocols for genetic association studies and she has contributed to gene-environment interaction studies on emotion and emotion regulation.

 

RESEARCHER

Adina Chiș, Ph.D.

 

Adina Chiş is Lecturer at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, “Iuliu Haţieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca. She received her B.Sc. in Biology in 2005 and her M.Sc. in 2006 from the Faculty of Biology, Babeş-Bolyai University. In 2011, she completed her Ph.D. in Biotechnology at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca. Dr. Chiș has been a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory since 2011, where she also conducted her postdoctoral research, funded by a grant from the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research. Her postdoctoral research has focused on genetic influences on stress reactivity in infants, and she has contributed to gene-environment interactions studies on biomakers of stress reactivity.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT

Mirela Bîlc

 

Mirela Bîlc is a Ph.D. student in Psychology at Babeș-Bolyai University, with a thesis on individual differences in emotion regulation. Her research focuses on the cognitive, emotional and physiological factors that contribute to the ability to regulate emotions using strategies such as cognitive reappraisal. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy from Babeș-Bolyai University. She received the Babeș-Bolyai Undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2012 for her research on emotion regulation and economic decision making, and more recently, a Doctoral Fellowship for a research project on implicit emotion regulation.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT

Ioana Bunea

 

Ioana is a Ph.D. student in Cognitive Psychology at Babeș-Bolyai University. Her research focuses on the influence of child maltreatment on the development of stress reactivity and emotion regulation in adolescence. She holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy from Babeș-Bolyai University. In 2014, she received the Babeș-Bolyai University Undergraduate Fellowship for her research on childhood maltreatment and difficulties in emotion regulation.


GRADUATE STUDENT

Alexandra Huh


Alexandra Huh is a Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Bucharest and her M.Sc. in Developmental and Clinical Psychology at the University of Heidelberg. During her master’s studies, she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Developmental and Biological Psychology, being involved in research projects on face processing, development of categorization and the effects of ostensive signals (infant-directed speech) on attentional processes in infants, assessed using event-related potentials (ERP). Alexandra is passionate by developmental neuroscience and interested in emotion and emotion regulation in typically developing adolescents. She is using a multidisciplinary approach, including behavioral (Experience Sampling) and electrophysiological (EEG) methods.


GRADUATE STUDENT

Raluca Szekely-Copîndean


Raluca D. Szekely-Copîndean has a B.A. in Psychology and one in Law, and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Babeș-Bolyai University. Her doctoral research investigates the role of emotion in moral decision making. She is currently focusing on developing new ways to assess moral judgment and moral behavior outside the lab and integrating physiological methods such as high-density EEG in investigating individual differences in moral decision. As member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory since 2008, Raluca contributed to several projects on psychophysiology of emotion and emotion regulation, economic decision making, and gene-environment interactions in vulnerability to psychopathology.


GRADUATE STUDENT

Daria Nuțu


Daria Nuțu has a B.A. in Psychology from Babeș-Bolyai University, with a thesis on gene-environment interaction on emotion regulation. Since she joined the internship program at the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, her research interests have focused on individual differences in emotion regulation and the role of emotion regulation in risk for psychopathology.




GRADUATE STUDENT

Simina Pițur


Simina Pițur is a Computer Science and Psychology graduate, having earned both degrees at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. Her attempts to generate music with artificial neural networks have led her to pursue more specific inquiries about art and the mind. Her main interests are aesthetic emotions, music, language and memory.


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Mădălina Buciuman


Mădălina Buciuman is an undergraduate student in Psychology at Babeș-Bolyai University and she works as an intern in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. Showing an early interest in understanding the neurophysiological processes, Mădălina participated in the National Olympiads of Biology and Psychology and in 2015, she undertook a summer internship at the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Physiology, Bristol University, UK. Since she joined the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, she has become particularly interested in the genetic and psychophysiological mechanisms underlying individual differences in emotion, sensation and regulatory processes.




UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Andreea Țăpuc


Andreea Țăpuc is a second year student in the Psychology bachelor’s program at Babeș-Bolyai University. Her involvement in the activity of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory has nurtured an interest in emotion regulation, empathy and moral decision-making, as well as attentional bias to threat and its role in anxiety.



UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Maria Bega


Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, a mixture of the right factors have combined to

trace her way back to her Romanian roots. Currently living in Cluj-Napoca and pursuing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Babes-Bolyai University, Maria Bega is an intern at the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory since 2017 due to her determination to make sense of the psychological phenomena around her. Her interests revolve around the

neurophysiological responses involved in sleep, psychopathology and the unconscious mind, and the way they relate to emotions and their regulatory processes.


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Flavia Cherecheș


Flavia Cherecheş is an undergraduate student in Psychology at Babeș-Bolyai University and an intern in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. In highschool, she showed an early interest in understanding psychology, Flavia participated in the National Olympiads of Psychology in 2015 and 2016. She also studied biology and she developed a strong interest in the human brain and the endocrine system. Since she entered the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, she has become particularly interested in the mechanisms of emotion generation, individual differences in emotion regulation and the effects of childhood trauma on emotion regulation.


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Mara Miclea


Mara Miclea is an undergraduate student in Psychology, at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and this year she became an intern at the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. She has since gained an interest in the influence of emotion on moral decision making and its implications. This is also linked to her passion for philosophy and the understanding of the human mind through multiple lenses.



UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Ioana Meșterelu


Ioana Meșterelu is an undergraduate student in Psychology, at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and an Intern in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. Passionate about the biological underpinnings of mental processes, she completed the International Baccalaureate in 2016, choosing Psychology and Biology as two of her subjects. She moved to Cluj-Napoca a year ago, determined to become involved in a highly regarded academic environment. As an intern in the Laboratory, her interests revolve around the biological correlates of specific emotions, as well as the effects of emotional dysregulation on cognition and behavior.


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Vladimir Couți


Vladimir Couți is an undergraduate student in Psychology, at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, and a volunteer in the Cognitive Neurosciences Laboratory. His keen interest in Biology and Chemistry from his school years have since translated into an active pursuit in understanding the bridge between the complexity of the nervous system from a physiological perspective and its conversion into subjective intricate psychological phenomena, taking a particular interest in the generation of emotions and emotion-performance relationship.


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Paula Florea


Paula Florea is a second year student in the Psychology bachelor’s program at Babeș-Bolyai University. Her interest in emotion regulation, sport imagery and quick decision making by athletes, as well as individual differences in susceptibility to confirmation bias, determined her to volunteer at the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory.