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The People of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center

Ritu Meda
Research Assistant
Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center

200 Retreat Avenue
Whitehall Building - Institute of Living
Hartford CT 06106
Phone: 860-545-7700, ext 7898


Who Am I?

In May of 2007 Ritu received her B.S in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. During her time at Georgia State Ritu conducted research under Dr. Eric J. Vanman and David Washburn. She worked on projects in both the Social Neuroscience Lab and the Individual Differences in Executive Attention lab.

She spent her time on several different research projects using psychophysiological measures. These measures included oculomotor testing, facial EMG/EDA/EKG data collection, and virtual reality equipment. Her main focus there was on the effects of race on pupilary responses to ethnic faces, which looked at pupilary responses involving in-group/out-group bias.

Ritu joined the Olin Center team in December 2007 on the Bipolar and Schizophrenia Network on Intermediate Endophenotypes study.

In the coming years Ritu hopes to obtain her PhD in Social Neuropsychology.

Roles & Responsibilities

Ritu is a research assistant in the Cognition Brain Imaging Behavior Research and Allelic Variation lab. She currently works with pre-pulse inhibition, oculomotor, electroencephalographic, and neuroimaging equipment.

Here interests here involve
-Bi-polar and schizophrenia research.
-Alcohol effects on saccadic eye movements.


Sharma, R., Barrett, N. A., Ryan, J. P. & Williams, A. Y. (2007, March) The Effects of Gender on Pupil Dilation to Ethnic Faces. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, Atlanta, GA.

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