Research Labs

Adult Attachment Lab
The Adult Attachment Lab advances current understanding of adult attachment dynamics. Research focuses on understanding the conscious and unconscious dynamics of the attachment behavioral system and associations between adult attachment style and other psychological constructs such as self-esteem, personality traits, death anxiety, and compassion and altruism.
Agent-Based Models Lab (Schank)
This lab uses agent-based models to understand the behavior of individuals and populations in social and evolutionary settings. The lab facilitates the use of agent-based modeling as a general theoretical and methodological tool for analyzing behavior.
Asian American Center on Disparities Research (Zane)
The Asian American Center on Disparities Research (AACDR) investigates how cultural factors work to either enhance or mitigate the implementation and effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for Asian Americans. The center focuses on the ethnocultural factors that influence the effectiveness of treatment.
Attitudes and Group Identity Lab (Ledgerwood)
How do we reach beyond our current experience? One of the most basic challenges that people face in everyday life is how to cross gaps—gaps that separate self from other, now from future, here from there, and us from them. Even the simplest activities, like having a conversation or planning what to do next week, would be impossible if it were not for the human capacity to get unstuck from current experience and relate to other people, future time points and distant contexts. The research in our lab centers around the social psychological tools that humans have developed to help them reach across these distances.
Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab (Trainor)
Mood and anxiety disorders are more likely to occur in women, yet most mouse models focus on males. Using the monogamous California mouse, we study the effects of stress on the brain and behavior.
Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab
The Laboratory for the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language focuses on the psychological and neural mechanisms of language comprehension. The lab studies when and how different kinds of contextual information, including syntactic, thematic, semantic and referential information are integrated during reading and listening comprehension, and identifies the neural substrates of these integration processes.
Developmental Research Center (Goodman)
Gail Goodman's research falls into two major areas: memory development and children's abilities and experiences as victim/witnesses. She is also currently studying the effects of child abuse on emotional adjustment/psychopathology.
Dynamics in Psychological Science Lab (Ferrer)
The Dynamics in Psychological Science (DIPS) lab is dedicated to advancing the science of psychology via the synthesis of intra- and inter-individual approaches to studying psychological processes. Specifically, we are interested in how intra-individual dynamical information can be retained and used to explain inter-individual differences across a population.
Dynamic Memory Lab (Ranganath)
Dr. Ranganath's research concerns the neurocognitive structure of human memory and executive control. One set of studies currently underway concerns the relationship between short-term, or working memory, and long-term memory
Emmons Lab (Emmons)
Gratitude heals, energizes and transforms lives. We are engaged in a long-term research project designed to create and disseminate a large body of novel scientific data on the nature of gratitude, its causes, and its potential consequences for human health and well-being. Through conducting highly focused, cutting-edge studies on the nature of gratitude, its causes and its consequences, we hope to shed important scientific light on this important concept.
Healthy Emotions, Relationships & Development (HERD) Lab
The HERD Lab explores the factors contributing to children’s social and emotional development. We examine the contributions of “nurture” through children’s close relationships with family and friends, and “nature” through their autonomic and neuroendocrine regulatory systems. Our focus is on understanding how these factors shape developmental trajectories toward adaptive functioning, like compassion and social competence, and maladaptive functioning, like aggression and anxiety.
Human Memory Lab
In the Human Memory Lab we aim to understand how memory works… and why it often fails. We examine factors that influence memory such as stress and aging. We also investigate the brain networks involved in memory using neuroimaging methods like fMRI, and by examining people with memory problems related to medical conditions such as stroke and cardiac arrest.
Infant Cognition Lab
The first years after birth are critically important for the development of the baby's brain and mind. We know that experience plays an important role in shaping this development. The Infant Cognition Lab studies the baby's developing mind; particularly investigating infants' memory, attention and categorization.
Integrated Attention Lab
Our sensory worlds are filled with information, but we are only aware of a small proportion of it at any particular moment in time. Attention is the mechanism that prioritizes processing according to our goals. But what determines what our goals are and how well we can maintain them over time and in the face of distractions? Research in the lab focuses on how behavioral goals and prior experiences interact with sensory events to determine perception and cognition. To study these topics we use a combination of eye-tracking, psychophysics, fMRI and EEG/ERPs, and work with others to use TMS, pharmacology and patient studies.
Janata Lab
The Janata lab investigates how human brains engage with music. Paradigms range from psychophysical studies of the acuity of mental images for pitch, to neuroimaging studies of music-evoked memories and emotions, and behavioral examinations of sensorimotor coupling, i.e how people move along with music.
Laboratory for Basic and Translational Cognitive Neuroscience (Luck)
BASIC & TRANSLATIONAL COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE. Our laboratory focuses on the neural and cognitive mechanisms of attention and working memory in healthy young adults and dysfunction of attention and working memory in psychiatric and neurological disorders. We also work to develop and promote ERP methods, including a yearly 10-day NIH-funded summer workshop (the ERP Boot Camp) and an open-source Matlab toolbox (ERPLAB Toolbox).
Laboratory for Comparative Neurobiology of Monogamy (Bales)
The lab uses the comparative method to examine the endocrinology and neurobiology of social bonding. We focus on two monogamous species, the prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster) and the coppery titi monkey (Callicebus cupreus), while using polygynous species, such as rhesus macaques, as comparisons.
Laboratory for the Neural Mechanisms of Attention (Mangun)
Our laboratory uses a cognitive neuroscience approach to investigate the cognitive and neural mechanisms of voluntary and reflexive attention in humans. We bring to bear a variety of complementary tools to study attention, including behavioral and psychophysical methods, human electrophysiological measures, and functional neuroimaging. Behavioral and psychophysical methods permit us to analyze the properties of the human attention system and how attention influences perception and performance.
Laboratory of Evolutionary Neurobiology (Krubitzer)
Dr. Krubitzer’s lab examines the anatomical connections and electrophysiological properties of neurons in the neocortex, the portion of the brain responsible for perception, cognition, learning, and memory. Researchers reconstruct the evolution of the neocortex and its relationship to functional changes.
Language Learning Lab
Infants are immersed in a world of immense complexity, yet they display knowledge of the people, objects, actions and sounds in their environments very early in life. Our research explores the mechanisms that support this early learning. In particular, the ability to detect statistical regularities may play a fundamental role in how infants learn about a highly complex, highly salient aspect of the auditory world: language.
Longitudinal and Missing Data Methods (Blozis)
Statistical procedures commonly applied to behavioral data, such as factor analysis, structural equation models, and mixed-effects models, fall under a general statistical framework based on the means, variances and covariances of data. My research concerns extensions and applications of this general framework to the study of clustered, repeated measures, and longitudinal data.
Memory and Development (MaD) Lab
Our research focuses on the development of memory and metamemory in childhood. Using behavioral and neuroimaging methods, our studies examine both typical and atypical development of memory in children.
Mind-Emotion Development
Research in the Mind-Emotion Development Lab focuses on the development of young children's knowledge about people in terms of their inner, mental lives – what a person desires, intends, believes, thinks about and feels emotionally.
Neurocognitive Development Lab
The Neurocognitive Development Lab employs a variety of converging research techniques to elucidate the complex brain-behavior relationships that underlie cognitive development.
Personality and Self-Knowledge Lab (Vazire)
The lab examines the accuracy of people’s perceptions of their own and others’ personality. The goal is to measure how people differ from one another not just at the trait level but also in their patterns of fluctuations across different roles and situations.
Personality, Self, and Emotions Laboratory (Robins)
The Personality, Self and Emotions Laboratory adopts a multifaceted approach to studying the self and personality processes, focusing on a range of pertinent topics including social development, emotion expression and regulation, and self-esteem.
Psycholinguistics Lab (Ferreira)
The Ferreira Lab conducts research in the area of psycholinguistics. We take advantage of basic insights from formal linguistics, especially theories in sentence phonology and syntax, to develop models of processing. Our empirical work relies both on behavioral and neural measures, including eyetracking (for measurement of fixations, saccades, and pupil diameter) and the recording of event-related potentials (ERPs). The fundamental aim of this work is to uncover the mechanisms that enable humans to understand and generate language in real time and in cooperation with other cognitive systems.
Self & Social Identity Laboratory (SASI) (Pickett)
The SASI Lab conducts research within the areas of social identity, intergroup relations, the self, social cognition and self-regulatory processes.
Sexual Orientation: Science, Education, and Policy Lab (Herek)
Professor Herek's original empirical research has addressed sexual prejudice and stigma and HIV/AIDS-related stigma in the US population, and the mental health consequences of hate crimes and other expressions of stigma targeting lesbians and gay men. His current research program focuses mainly on issues of prejudice and stigma, especially as they apply to sexual orientation and HIV/AIDS.
Social & Emotional Development Lab
The purpose of our work is to better understand the psychological development in children, especially in the early years of life, and to apply what we have learned to improving programs, practices, and policies affecting children and their families.
Social Cognition Lab (Jeff Sherman)
The Social Cognition Lab investigates the cognitive processes underlying social psychology and behavior. We are interested in how people perceive themselves, other people and groups of people. Much of our research focuses on stereotyping and prejudice.
Spatial Cognition Lab (Ekstrom)
The primary mission of the lab is to better understand the neurophysiological basis of human memory. Our particular focus is on spatial memory and attempting to understand the cognitive and neural components underlying it. We employ several different recording methodologies to better understand spatial memory, including intracranial EEG, fMRI, and scalp EEG. Studies in the lab focus on how theta oscillations code for aspects of spatial and temporal context, how and in what manner the brain constructs cognitive maps, how navigation vs. episodic memory processing are represented in the brain, and how the different recording modalities we use tie together or provide complementary information about underlying brain processes.
Stolzenberg Lab: Epigenetics of Maternal Behavior
The laboratory is interested in a fundamental behavioral neuroscience question: How do experiences that occur throughout the lifetime produce enduring effects on brain and behavior? To address this question, we focus on the experience of motherhood.
Visual Cognition Lab
The Visual Cognition Lab investigates how information about the visual world is acquired, identified, retained in memory and manipulated by the cognitive system to support thought and to guide behavior.
Wiltgen Lab
Dr. Wiltgen studies cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory formation in the hippocampus and neocortex. He is particularly interested in systems level consolidation and the process by which new memories are stabilized and maintained over time.
Carter Lab
Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab