Cognitive Neuroscience is the study of biological processes that underlie cognition, with specific emphasis on the brain, its neural connections, and how they related to mental functioning. Our faculty research the more microscopic mechanisms studied in cellular biology, biochemistry, and genetics. Several of our faculty relates cognitive theories to data collected from clinical neurology and other patient populations.
Affiliated Labs and Research Groups
- [Dr. Kasia M. Bieszczad] Cortex Learning Epigenetics & Function (CLEF)
- [Dr. Stephen Hanson] Rutgers University Brain Imaging Center (RUBIC)
- [Dr. John McGann] The McGann Laboratory on the Neurobiology of Sensory Cognition
- [Dr. Konstantinos Michmizos] Computational Brain Lab (COMBRA)
- [Dr. Karin Stromswold] Language Acquisition and Processing Lab
- [Dr. Elizabeth Torres] Sensory Motor Integration Lab (SMIL)
- [Dr. David Vicario] Vicario Lab
Meet Our Core Faculty
Neurobiology of learning and memory. Applies epigenetic, molecular, and electrophysiological techniques in animals to understand the basis of associative learning and memory determined by behavior; combines sensory neurophysiology (in the auditory system) with behavioral neuroscience to study how memory and perception intertwine.
Basic Research: Computational Modeling of Sensorimotor Behavior, Psychophysics, Functional Neuroimaging
Applied research: Rehabilitation Games for children with disabilities, Robotic Neurorehabilitation
Research in my laboratory employs neurophsyiological, behavioral, and theoretical methods to explore how humans and rodent models learn information about the world and apply this knowledge to the neural processing of incoming sensory stimuli. We are also interested in how dysfunction in these processes could manifest in mental and neurological disorders.
Study of visual search and saccadic eye movements, short-term visual memory, perceptual learning and cue integration. Formal computational and ideal observer modeling of visual tasks and of population coding in visual cortex
Language acquisition and learnability theory; the cognitive and neural bases of language, language acquisition, and language processing; studies of sentence processing using neuroimaging.
My interest lies in the study of voluntary actions in general and the emergence of symbolic intelligence from them. In particular, I have been studying natural voluntary arm movements in the context of reaching for and grasping an object, obstacle avoidance, the acquisition and retrieval of a motor program, and more recently on the performance of a parietal patient and of patients with Parkinson's disease. I am also doing research on autism.
Neuroethology. Using behavioral, neurophysiological, and anatomical methods in songbirds to study sensory and motor processes that subserve vocal learning, including auditory memory, perception, and production of learned vocalizations.
Research focuses on learning, categorization, connectionist models, neural networks, cognitive, mathematical and computational modeling.
Retinal structure and function, perceptual organization, and training of visual processes in schizophrenia.