Laboratory for Basic and 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).
The human brain is the most complex single object known to science, and firm footing is needed as we reach upward to understand complex cognitive function. Much of our research therefore focuses on the role of cognitive processes in vision, taking advantage of the wealth of knowledge and methods that have accumulated in the field of vision science over the past century.
In particular, much of our research focuses on visual attention and visual working memory. Our research on attention emphasizes the idea that attention is not a single mechanism, but is instead a type of mechanism that operates within different neurocognitive subsystems under different conditions. Our research on working memory emphasizes the nature of working memory representation and the function of this memory system in the real-world visually guided behavior. Attention and working memory are densely interaction, and we are also actively exploring the role of attention in controlling the storage of information in working memory and the role of working memory in guiding attention to relevant sources of information.
Our translational work on schizophrenia emphasizes taking recent methodological and conceptual advances from basic cognitive neuroscience and translating rapidly them into clinical research.
ERPLAB Toolbox is a set of open source, freely available Matlab routines for analyzing ERP data.
The ERP Boot Camp is a workshop series on ERP methods this is organized and led by Steve Luck. We hold both a yearly 10-day ERP Boot Camp at UC Davis and 2- or 3-day Mini ERP Boot Camps at various conferences, universities, and industry sites.
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