Visit these web sites to discover opportunities to be involved in Beckman studies.
The Adult Learning Lab
The focus of our research is adult age differences in learning and language processing. Adult development brings differential patterns of growth, loss, and stability in our capacities for mental activities. Consequently, the way in which we best learn new things changes as we move through adulthood. Our research is funded by the National Institute on Aging, the Institute for Educational Sciences, and the National Science Foundation.
ATTENTION AND PERCEPTION LAB
Research in our lab investigates the cognitive processes and neural structures that enable and limit our visual representations of the world. For instance, we ask what determines whether or not we are aware of an event, and why are we so adept at processing some visual images. To answer these and similar questions, we employ a variety of methods including behavioral studies, transcranial magnetic stimulation, electrophysiology (EEG), optical imaging and fMRI. We currently recruit adult participants under the age of 50.
Auditory Cognitive Neurosciences Lab
We conduct research on audition and speech perception, as well as the disorders (e.g., tinnitus) associated with them. We primarily recruit adults of all ages for our brain imaging and behavioral experiments. For specific details and recruitment criteria, see:
Cognition and Brain Lab
Work in the Cognition and Brain Lab is centered on understanding how the brain builds and stores meaning representations, during language comprehension, memory, and other cognitive tasks. Our goal is understand how younger and older adults make sense of language and of the world around them, and ultimately to uncover ways to keep cognition "meaningful" across the lifespan.
Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab
A central focus of the research conducted in our lab is the integration of different neuroimaging methods including fast optical, optical spectroscopy, magnetic resonance and evoked potentials. By combining different methods, we get a more complete picture of the physiological events that occur in the brain during information processing.
The Decision Neuroscience Lab
The Decision Neuroscience Laboratory investigates the neural mechanisms of executive control and goal-directed decision making, with particular emphasis on improving these functions through cognitive neuroscience, fitness, and nutritional interventions.
Educational Psychology Psycholinguistics Lab
Research conducted in the EPL examines the cognitive processes underlying first and second language comprehension and production, bilingualism, reading, decision-making, and attention. Methods used include eye-tracking, response time measurement, and social attitude surveys. Projects generally involve college students, but also often include older adults and children. The primary outcomes of interest in our work are improved language understanding, language learning, and educational achievement.
Exercise Psychology Laboratory
Research conducted in the Exercise Psychology Lab focuses on physical activity effects on psychological health, physical function, and quality of life across the lifespan. Current projects involve older adults, cancer survivors, and individuals with multiple sclerosis.
Lifelong Brain and Cognition Lab
The Lifelong Brain and Cognition laboratory investigates cognitive and brain plasticity across the lifespan using magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, eye-tracking, and neuropsychological assessment. Specifically, the researchers examine the development of brain structure, brain function and cognition (such as executive control, memory, and visual attention skills), as well as how these elements of neurocognition are influenced by physical activity, cognitive challenges, and nutritional interventions. The goal is to determine how to maximize cognition, learning, and brain health.
Memory Systems Lab
The Memory Systems Lab uses converging cognitive neuroscience methods to study the nature and the organization in the brain of human learning and memory. We conduct neuropsychological studies of patients with memory disorders, together with functional neuroimaging, human electrophysiological, and eye tracking studies in participants of all ages across the lifespan. We also offer opportunities to be involved in studies that use various interventions designed to improve learning and memory.