Cacioppo and an interdisciplinary team of colleagues have
been investigating the potential transduction pathways through
which social isolation and loneliness contribute to broad-based
morbidity and mortality in older adults. A population-based
longitudinal study in urban Chicago is ongoing to test hypotheses
regarding the specific causal mechanisms that are underlying
these findings, and event-related fMRI and ERPs are being
used to examine underlying neurobiological mechanisms. Students
in Cacioppo’s lab learn personality and social psychological
assessments; neuroendocrine, cardiovascular, pulmonary, electrocortical,
and fMRI methods; and statistical techniques ranging from
signal detection analysis, psychometrics, and change score
analyses to longitudinal analyses, factor analysis, LISREL,
and multi-level modeling.
Further information on John Cacioppo's research.