The social brain in public health context

Our research examines the social neuroscientific foundations of disease prevention. The social neuroscience perspective encourages an understanding of how the brain--as a biological entity--and the social environment interact to produce behavior; this is the lense through which we investigate many of the major diseases that threaten human health, including chronic illness (e.g., obesity, diabetes, cancer), infectious illness, and psychiatric conditions (e.g., PTSD, addictions, depression).

A second major focus of our laboratory is the investigation of new ways of measuring brain health. Of particular interest are the development and evaluation of brain stimulation paradigms to quantify cortical resilience (i.e., the ability of the brain to recovery quickly from suppressive perturbations). These and other related protocols may facilitate early detection of dementia and other brain pathologies affecting the frontal lobes, and provide new ways of measuring brain health indices in clinical trials and population health studies.

Equipment and Facilities:

The Prevention Neuroscience Laboratory is equipped with a MagVenture MagPro x100 rTMS system (cTBS capable, with EMG), a neuronavigation system, several mobile brain imaging systems (multichannel fNIRS), and facilities for standardized testing of food choice.

Where to find us:

We are located in Room 2105 Burt Matthews Hall (BMH). If you are here for a study, please take the Columbia Street entrance to the University, enter BMH from the main entrance on Ring Road; once inside, make a right turn and proceed upstairs to the lounge area on the second floor. A research assistant will meet you in the lounge area.

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