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Brain and Behavior Research Labs

 

Tammy Greer,

Associate Professor

Experimental Health Lab: The Experimental Health Lab is directed by Dr. Tammy Greer and focuses on the impact of environmental factors on psychological processes and the relationship between psychological processes and health behaviors with an emphasis on the mitigation of health disparities, especially among minority populations. 

Alen Hajnal,

Associate Professor, Training Director for Brain and Behavior Program

Perception Action Cognition Lab:  Dr. Hajnal and the Perception Action Cognition Lab use virtual reality technology to examine the interplay of perception and action in everyday perceptual and motor skills. These skills are referred to as affordances, i.e. possibilities for action that are available to organisms involved in a variety of everyday actions such as walking, stepping, reaching, grasping, jumping, catching, to name a few. State-of-the-art motion tracking equipment is used to capture and record body movements to complement perceptual measurements

Current Funding: 2018-2019 Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award ($5,000). Project title: “Perception of Affordances in Virtual Reality”

 

Mark Huff

Assistant Professor       

The Memory, Attentional Control, & Aging Lab:  The Memory, Attentional Control, & Aging Lab is directed by Dr. Mark Huff. Research in this lab includes areas such as (1) false memory, especially in the context of eyewitness suggestibility paradigms, (2) distinctiveness encoding and the memorial benefits (and costs) that follow encoding tasks, (3) the role of individuals differences in attention and its relation to memory performance, and (4) the cognitive differences between older and younger adults, with the goal of mitigating age-related declines for older adults.

Current Funding: Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment. Project Title: “Evaluating the Contributions of Encoding and Retrieval Processes in False Memory Reduction in Younger and Older Adults” ($4295).

Lucas Keefer

Assistant Professor      

Psychology of Existential Concerns Lab: The Psychology of Existential Concerns Lab is directed by Lucas Keefer. The lab explores diverse psychological processes that allow individuals to create meaningful representations of themselves and the world, including metaphor in language and thought, time and identity, and the psychology of religion. 

Lawrence Patihis

Assistant Professor

Memory in Life, Practice, and Law Lab: The Memory in Life, Practice and Law Lab is directed by Dr. Lawrence Patihis (vita) and focuses on the following domains:  (1) memory malleability, specifically (a) false memories, memory distortions, and eyewitness memory and (b) memory of emotions; and (2) beliefs about repressed memories and myths about memory.

Don Sacco,

Associate Professor

Evolutionary Social Psychology Lab: The Evolutionary Social Psychology Lab is directed by Dr. Donald Sacco and focuses on the following research domains: (1) how motivational systems shaped by natural and sexual selection influence perception, attitudes and behavior; (2) the relationship between personality and social perception; and (3) strategies for promoting ethically sound research practices.

Current Funding: 2017 – 2018 Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award ($5,000); “Interventions to Deter Questionable Research Practices;” Role on Project: Co-Principal Investigator; Agency: Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity; Grant #: 1 ORIIR170035-01-00; Amount Award: $274,201; Period: 9/1/17 – 8/31/19

 

Elena Stepanova,

Assistant Professor

Social Cognition and Behavior Lab: The Social Cognition and Behavior Lab is directed by Dr. Elena Stepanova and focuses on the following domains:  (1) social cognition, specifically (a) conceptualization of social categories and (b) effects of alcohol on social judgments; and (2) cross-cultural work, particularly explicit and implicit ethnic attitudes.

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