Day to day, we make countless decisions that influence our health, from how physically active we are to what we eat and drink. As part of my PhD, I research what the brain can tell us about how we make these decisions, sometimes unconsciously, and especially in response to media and social influences.

To pursue these questions, I combine fMRI, survey methods, intensive-longitudinal data sampling (EMA) and network analysis techniques.

Below you can find some of my projects.

Manuscripts in progress

Jovanova, M., Lydon-Staley, D., Parelman J., O’Donnell, M.B., Pandey, P., Kang, Y., Bassett D., Falk, E.B. Default mode and salience brain network integration during messaging predicts health behavior change.

Jovanova, M., Dore, B., Lydon-Staley, D., Stanoi, O., Cooper, N., Kang, Y., Helion C., Mucha P., Oschner, K., Bassett., B., Falk, E.B. A smartphone-based intervention: Using mindfulness and perspective-taking to reduce drinking.

Cosme D., Jovanova, M, Doré, B. P., Lydon-Staley, D., & Falk, E. B. Alcohol cue reactivity during lab neuroimaging task and its relationship with daily life alcohol consumption.

Cosme, D., Doré, B. P., Helion, C., Kang, Y., Cooper, N., Jovanova, M, Lydon-Staley, D., Ochsner, K., & Falk, E. B. Effects of mindfulness and perspective-taking on alcohol craving and brain activity in a lab neuroimaging task.        

Peer reviewed publications: 

Jovanova, M., Skurka, C., Byrne, S., Kalaji, M., Greiner Safi, A., Porticella, N., Mathios, D. A., Avery, J. R., Dorf, C. M., Niederdeppe, J. (2020). Should graphic warning labels proposed for cigarette packages sold in the United States mention the Food and Drug Administration? Accepted at Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Scholz, C., Jovanova, M., Baek, E. C., & Falk, E. B. (2020). Media content

sharing as a value-based decision. Current Opinion in Psychology, 31, 83-88. doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2019.08.004.

Science is my favorite team sport and I would like to acknowledge and thank my team and web of co-authors and mentors.