The Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience

A key goal of cognitive neuroscience is to understand the relationship between neuroanatomy (i.e. connectivity and local circuitry), experience and neural representations. At the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, we study this relationship in using many techniques with an emphasis on human fMRI and behavior. We utilize a data-driven approach paired with many conditions allowing for the data-driven quantification of the structure of neural representations. We apply this approach in a number of domains including: visual object recognition; the representation of words, concepts and scenes; mental imagery; and working memory.

In addition, we study patient populations with deficits in these processes resulting from either brain damage or disorder (e.g. autism). Ultimately, we aim to achieve convergence between data from studying animals, humans and patient populations with a variety of methods. This is the only way to overcome the inherent limitations of any method of studying the brain of living, behaving organisms.


April 2015: The Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience acquired a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) machine for research, to be used in collaboration with Dr. Sarah Shomstein and the Attention and Cognition Lab.