Our lab is recruiting graduate students for the 2017-2018 academic year. Our research in the Medina lab is dedicated to understand how the mind represents the body. Our work uses a number of different methodologies, including cognitive neuropsychology (research with brain-damaged individuals, cognitive neuroscience (including TMS and fMRI), and cognitive psychological studies.
Below is a few of the questions our lab is currently working on:
- What are the predictors of cortical reorganization after stroke? And how does this reorganization relate to behavioral outcomes?
- How does the brain change after amputation?
- How does the brain solve the problem of multisensory integration – specifically with regards to the body?
- What are the limitations of current practices in brain stimulation?
- How can illusions (e.g. the mirror box illusion, rubber hand illusion, etc.) inform us as to how the brain represents the body?
- What is “embodiment”?
Our research is funded by several sources, including a new, 6-million-dollar, multi-site grant from the National Science Foundation led by Prof. Medina. The grant will also support an Annual Summer Undergraduate Workshop that will introduce students to cutting-edge techniques and theory in cognitive science and neuroscience, beginning in the Summer of 2017.
Our resources include the new Center for Biomedical & Brain Imaging at the University of Delaware, which houses a Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner and a TMS laboratory. We encourage our students to utilize these resources in a collaborative manner, and to further develop connections with other areas within the department (Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, and Social), other departments within the University of Delaware (e.g. Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Physical Therapy, Mechanical Engineering) and neighboring universities and medical institutions such as Christiana Hospital. The University of Delaware is located in Newark, Delaware, between Philadelphia and Baltimore, with easy access to major East Coast cities.
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree by Fall 2017, and should have a strong interest in cognition, attention, perception and/or neuroscience. Research experience is strongly desirable. Students in good standing typically receive financial support for five years, in the form of an RA, TA or fellowship.
For further information on the department, please see our admissions FAQ. For further information about the Medina lab, please contact Prof. Medina! Application deadline is December 15, 2016. If you may be late – please e-mail me.