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Faculty members in Psychological Sciences lead a wide range of research laboratories.




The Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab - Dr. Gagan Wig

This research program uses a combination of structural and functional brain imaging tools (including functional MRI [fMRI], diffusion tensor imaging [DTI], and transcranial magnetic stimulation [TMS]) to understand both the organization of large-scale human brain networks and determine how these networks change over the adult-lifespan.


Development of Social Cognition Lab - Dr. Noah Sasson
Studies the development of typical and atypical social cognition across a wide range of skills including social attention, emotion recognition, and theory of mind, with a particular focus on neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.


Developmental Neurolinguistics Laboratory - Dr. Mandy Maguire
Focuses on the neurological correlates of language and cognitive development using electrophysiological responses, such as Event Related Potentials (ERPs).


Early Communication, Language and Social Skills (CLASS) Laboratory - Dr. Pam Rollins
Focuses on the association among emotional regulation, early social-communication and the development of joint attention and language in typically developing children with autism.


Family Research Lab - Dr. Jackie Nelson
Research focuses on understanding family relationships and children's well-being. In particular, emotions–emotional expression and regulation, emotion socialization, stress, conflict and closeness.


Healthy Development Project Laboratory - Dr. Shayla Holub
Studies different aspects of early childhood development to better understand factors that promote healthy social, emotional and physical growth in children and families.


Infant Learning Project Laboratory - Dr. Melanie Spence
Examines preverbal infants’ perception of social communicative signals and other stimuli relevant for early communicative and language development.


Owen Laboratory - Dr. Margaret Owen
Parenting and family processes, early childcare, self regulation and school readiness.


Think Lab - Dr. Candice Mills
Studies how children and adults think about and learn from the world around them. Ongoing research examines a wide array of issues related to social cognition and critical thinking.


Underwood Laboratory - Dr. Marion Underwood
Anger, aggression, gender and children’s peer relationships.




Bartlett Laboratory - Dr. James Bartlett
Cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology.


Music Perception and Cognition (MPaC) Laboratory - Dr. Jay Dowling

Memory and cognition, audition, music cognition.


Face Perception Research Laboratory - Dr. Alice O’Toole
Study of human perception and memory for faces and people, using methods from experimental psychological, cognitive neuroscience and computational vision.


Filbey Laboratory - Dr. Francesca Filbey
The Filbey lab focuses on combining neuroimaging and genetic techniques to characterize neural mechanisms associated with addictive disorders.


Kennedy Neuroimaging of Aging and Cognition (KNAC) Lab - Dr. Kristen Kennedy

Cognitive neuroscience of aging lab that uses structural (i.e., volumetry, cortical thinning, white matter connectivity) and functional MRI techniques to examine the course of normal aging. Projects focus on health, genetic and neural modifiers of cognitive performance (cognitive control, reasoning, processing speed, memory) across the adult lifespan.


Krawczyk Laboratory - Dr. Daniel Krawczyk
Cognitive neuroscience lab studying the mental processes involved in reasoning, decision making, working memory, and motivation.


Lifespan Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory - Dr. Chandramallika Basak
Examines how and where do we remember information over a short period of time, as well as how attention and memory interact, how they carry on with multiple tasks, and how these cognitive functions change with age and training.


The Schizophrenia and Social Cognition LaboratoryDr. Amy Pinkham
Studies both the behavioral characteristics and neural underpinnings of social cognitive functioning in individuals with severe mental illness.


Speech Perception Research Laboratory - Dr. Peter Assmann
Studies how human listeners extract information from speech produced under extreme conditions.


Text Comprehension and Memory Research Laboratory - Dr. Richard Golden
Learn about the process of text comprehension as a by-product of the interactions of the situation model and other knowledge structures in the reader's mind.




Close Relationships and Health Lab – Dr. Heidi Kane 
The Close Relationships and Health lab investigates how perceptions of and experiences in close relationships are associated with physical and mental health.


The Couples' Daily Lives Project - Dr. Karen Prager
Studies day-to-day experiences of conflict and intimacy in couple relationships, along with the thinking processes and emotions that shape those experiences.


The Personality and Interpersonal Relationships (PAIR) Laboratory - Dr. Robert Ackerman
Investigates how developmental experiences and personality traits help to shape the course and quality of interpersonal relationships.



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