Our lab is focused on understanding how the brain represents the body. This is a broad topic that covers topics including tactile psychophysics, neural plasticity, qualia, embodiment, and our sense of self.
We use a variety of methodologies to understand these topics. This includes cognitive neuropsychological research (experiments with brain-damaged individuals) and the development of novel perceptual illusions to understand the functional architecture of the mind and brain. We also use psychophysics, brain stimulation and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
The lab has recently moved to Emory University starting in the fall of 2023, and will be accepting graduate students at Emory for the 2024-25 academic year.
Our lab provides graduate students with a unique training experience, as you will have the opportunity to work closely with stroke sufferers to understand cognition and perception. Furthermore, understanding how the brain represents the body is a fascinating topic studied in relatively few labs. There are several interesting questions to be answered in this field with translational application. If you are a prospective graduate student, please visit this page. Then feel free to e-mail me with questions about the lab, new research projects, and available resources.
We believe that science is for everyone, and welcome people from all backgrounds. Below are a few brief notes on some of our outreach work. Towards the goal of diversifying science, we recently received an NSF grant titled “Training Diverse Scholars in Data Science to Understand the Brain and Behavior” to establish a BRIDGE program in data science and psychology/neuroscience at the University of Delaware. This post-bac program will provide individuals from underrepresented groups with two years of training to prepare them for STEM careers.
We have also engaged in other forms of science outreach. Below are two videos from our work when I was at the University of Delaware. The first is on our mirror box illusion research, and the second is about the Summer Undergraduate Workshop in Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Brain Camp) that we ran.