Research

We are an active cognitive neuroscience lab studying motivational influences on attitudes and behavior. We use a variety of behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI) techniques. Our research covers a number of core topics including cognitive control, persuasion, and moral reasoning.


Open-Source Environment

Our workstations and laptops run Ubuntu; our compute cluster runs Red Hat. We use the NeuroDebian repository and a variety of open-source software packages (e.g., FSL, Python, R) to conduct our research and analyze our data.

Open-Source Research Tools

Our ongoing and future projects increasingly adopt best-practices in open science and many of our analysis scripts, code, and data files are hosted on GitHub and the Open Science Framework. We are committed to advancing the field in an open and transparent way.

Asteroid Impact

Our lab develops open-source research tools that let us test complex phenomena in naturalistic environments. Our latest advance is a video game stimulus known as Asteroid Impact (CC BY-SA 4.0). This game is written in Python, carries a fully open source license, and is platform agnostic (i.e., can run on Linux, OS X, Windows). The game is fully customizable, is flexible for complex experimental designs, and synchronizes with the TTL trigger of neurophysiological systems. Learn more about how to use Asteroid Impact in your own research, download the source code, and contribute to its development on GitHub.

Research Support

In addition to the research facilities located in The Department of Communication and the fMRI scanner in the Center for Mind and Brain, our lab has the an established infrastructure for analyzing complex datasets. Our technical resources include two nodes in a state-of-the-art computing cluster dedicated exclusively for lab use (Peloton) and several high-performance workstations (miller, corkin, and dennett).

Workstations: miller, corkin, and dennett