- Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
In the broadest
sense, our research focuses on cognitive, emotional, and motivational
processes and how these are affected by neurologic and psychiatric disorders.
We study normal individuals across the lifespan and individuals with
specific clinical disorders including: temporal and frontal lobe epilepsy
(before and after seizure surgery), Parkinson’s disease, mild
cognitive impairment and dementia, focal brain lesions, and major depressive
Our research is
hypothesis driven. We rely on a variety of research methodologies to
help address specific questions about the neural bases of cognitive
and affective behavior in humans. Our empirical approach involves laboratory
based experiments as well as studies of functioning in day to day life.
Some of the “tools” we currently use include Transcranial
Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), computer methods for analyzing dynamic emotion
displays, Psychophysiology (startle, SCR, facial EMG, HR), structural
and functional neuroimaging, and cognitive science & neuropsychological
measures. If you are unfamiliar with these techniques, see the chapter
Bauer, R., Leritz,
B., Bowers, D. (2002) Experimental methods in neuropsychology. In J.A.
Schinka, W. Velicer, & I.B. Weiner (Eds.), Comprehensive Handbook
of Psychology, Volume 2: Research Methods in Psychology. New York: John
Wiley & Sons.