Sarah K. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D.
BBRF Grantee: awarded 2nd BBRF YI grant for 2022 – 2024
Dr. Fineberg is studying problems that people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) have in making and updating their beliefs about other people. She proposes that these problems in social learning may contribute to symptoms. This project will test if social learning problems get better as people recover from BPD.
Dr. Fineberg will use computer games to measure social learning in people with BPD, expecting that social learning in people with remitted or recovered BPD will be improved compared to people with current BPD. She will also measure social learning during social stress, expecting that people with recovered BPD will be more resilient under social stress than people with current BPD or remitted BPD. The hope is that these experiments about social learning will help reveal what is getting in the way of stable relationships for people with BPD.