Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Institute for Behavioral Genetics
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0447
Professor Friedman's research focuses on executive functions -- the higher-level cognitive processes that help regulate thoughts and actions, such as inhibiting prepotent responses, updating working memory, or switching between tasks. Her research focuses on understanding the neural and genetic mechanisms that underlie individual differences in different executive function abilities, and how they are related to everyday self-regulation and psychopathologies such as depression, ADHD, externalizing behavior, and substance use disorders. She uses a variety of approaches, including twin studies, neuroimaging (MRI and fMRI), and computational modeling.