Research Labs


Lab Director Location
Ed Merkle
Adolescent & Young Adult Health Risk Study Lynne Cooper 124 Psychology Building
Alcohol Cognitions Lab Denis M. McCarthy 201 Noyes Hall
Alcohol, Health, and Behavior Laboratory Kenneth J. Sher
Attitude and Decision Making Lab Laura Scherer Psychology Building 202/204
Behavioral Neuroscience
We investigate brain circuits that regulate reward and motivation related to both drugs of abuse and food.
Matthew J. Will 347 Bond Life Sciences Center
Center for Translational Neuroscience
Our laboratory studies Neuropsychopharmacology using animal models.
Dennis K. Miller Center for Translational Neuroscience, 7th Floor, Medical Sciences Building
Child & Adolescent Therapy Research Group Kristin M. Hawley 125 Psychology Building
Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
Research at my lab deals with the neural basis of attention, awareness, and action. Event-related potentials (ERPs), startle-blink, and neuroimaging techniques are used to identify the locus and time course of relevant brain processes in normal and neurologically impaired adults.
Steven A. Hackley 108 Psychology Building
Clinical Neuropsychology Lab
Research in the CNL lab focuses on neurocognitive development in children with and without neurodevelopmental disorders(e.g, autism, phenylketonuria). Methods utilized include behavioral measures and neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, sMRI, DTI).
Shawn E. Christ 329 Noyes Hall
Cognitive and Emotional Control Lab
Research on the nature of cognitive and emotional control and their role in schizophrenia
John G. Kerns 208 Psychology Building
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Our lab is currently involved in research on autism, drug abuse, dementia, cognitive effects of stress, the cognitive neuroscience of problem solving ability, functional neuroimaging, and pharmacological modulation of cognition.
David Beversdorf Thompson Center, Suite 110
Conditioning and Neuroscience
Associative Learning; Glutamate receptors and learning and behavior; Stimulus competition during associative and attributional processes
Todd R. Schachtman
Developmental Cognition Lab
Our lab investigates infants' and young children's early understanding of number, time, and space. We are interested in learning what infants know about the world around them and how their knowledge changes over time.
Kristy vanMarle 324 Noyes Hall
Drug Motivation Laboratory Thomas M. Piasecki
Evolution and Cognitive Development
We are conducting a longitudinal study of children's mathematical learning and learning disability. The children began the study in kindergarten and are now in high school. Our studies in evolution include mate choices and men's hormonal responses to competition.
David C. Geary 132 Psychology
Existential Motivation Lab Jamie Arndt
Family and Child Development Lab
Research conducted in our lab focuses on the legacy of children's early experiences with parents for social and emotional development across the life course.
Ashley Groh 408 Noyes Hall
Family Assessment Lab
Our lab has several lines of research focusing on youths and their social systems: development & dissemination of family-based treatments for serious juvenile offenders; identification of risk factors for youth criminality; & sequelae of different forms of maltreatment in children and adolescents.
Charles M. Borduin 222 Psychology Building
Family Relationships & Adolescent Development Lab
We conduct research on parent-adolescent and adolescent sibling relationships and their interplay within the broader family system as well as their impacts on adolescent adjustment.
Nicole Campione-Barr 209 Noyes Hall
Gene-Brain-Behavior Relations Lab
Research in the lab focuses on genetic contributions to the development of externalizing spectrum disorders such as substance dependence, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and antisocial behavior.
Ian Gizer
Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory Wendy Slutske
Infant Cognition Lab
Infants’ understanding about self-propelled objects and agents; infants’ knowledge of physical objects and substances
Yuyan Luo 14 McAlester Hall
Medical Decision Research Lab (MDRL)
We broadly seek to apply decision psychology and behavioral economics to inform practical problems in medical decision making. Recent work has focused on applications to Clinical Decision Support Systems and Patient Decision Aids.
Victoria Shaffer 220 Noyes
Memory and Cognitive Aging Laboratory
Research at our laboratory concerns fundamental issues regarding human memory processes and structures. One line of this research explores the interplay between attention and memory, and another line of research investigates the mechanisms responsible for the adult-age changes in episodic memory.
Moshe Naveh-Benjamin 9B McAlester
Memory and Neuroimaging Lab
Research in the lab focuses on episodic memory and uses two non-invasive brain imaging techniques: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG).
Jeffrey Johnson 113C Noyes Hall
Peer Relations Lab
The research conducted by the peer relations lab is aimed at learning about the friendships and other peer relationships of children and adolescence. There is a particular focus on gender differences in these relationships and on how these relationships impact psychological adjustment.
Amanda Rose 403 Noyes Hall
Perception and Cognition Lab
We study human memory and information processing using statistical and mathematical modeling approaches (undergradeate research opportunities available).
Jeff Rouder 203 Psychology Building
Personality and Emotion Laboratory
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Timothy Trull 219 Psychology Building
Personality Dynamics Lab Laura A. King 319 Noyes Hall
Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory Scott Frey
Sheldon Motivation lab
We study goals, motivation, well-being, priming, personality, materialism, and values (and that's just the short list!)
Ken Sheldon 102 Noyes
Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Research in the MU Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab is focused generally on understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms that underlie important social behaviors like racial bias and aggression, and on how these behaviors are influenced by alcohol consumption.
Bruce D. Bartholow 121 Psychology Building
Working Memory Laboratory
We conduct research on auditory and visual working memory and attention, in children and adults.
Nelson Cowan McAlester Hall Annex
Youth Anxiety and Depression Lab
Our lab examines cognitive, behavioral and interpersonal experiences that may serve as risk or protective factors anxiety and/or depression in youth.
Debora Bell