Aria Petrucci

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I am a MA student in the Memory and Imagination Lab. My current research focuses on the ways that a sustained state of threat affects memory for neutral stimuli encountered in a virtual world (i.e., a computer-generated video game). In the future, I am interested in examining the neural mechanisms underlying emotional memory and the ways that emotional memory and its substrates are affected in clinical populations such as PTSD and depression.


  • 2017 – B.S. in Psychology, summa cum laude, from Washington State University

Research interests

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Emotional memory
  • Autobiographical memory
  • Clinical applications
  • Cannabis

Personal interests

  • Cooking and baking
  • Horseback riding
  • Petting every animal I see
  • Road trips
  • Repeatedly watching Criminal Minds
  • Painting