The Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
Laboratory is a collaborative effort based in the Department of Psychology
at the University of Georgia. Under the direction of Drs. Brett Clementz
and Jennifer McDowell, members of the laboratory are engaged in a
variety of experimental and theoretical inquires within the realm
of cognitive neuroscience.
Research is conducted using sophisticated brain imaging technologies,
such as high-density EEG, whole-head MEG, and fMRI. With these technologies
at their disposal, CCNL researchers can address diverse research interests
from multiple perspectives.
Primary ongoing areas of research include studies of 1) basic sensory
operations (visual and auditory processing) and motor performance
(saccadic eye movements), 2) the differences in basic and higher level
cognitive operations between normal and psychiatric groups, most notably
those with schizophrenia, 3) brain plasticity associated with repeated
practice, 4) brain changes that occur during aging, and 5) prospective
memory. Personnel at the CCNL also collaborate with other UGA researchers
in programs within and outside the Psychology Department on studies
involving topics ranging from physical exercise, to judgment and decision
making, and social rejection. The lab is involved in joint research
with universities both in the United States and internationally, such
as the University of California at San Diego and the University of
Konstanz in Germany.
Honors and Awards
»Dr. McDowell was promoted to full, tenured professor (Spring 2014)
»Dr. Clementz was awarded the Psychology Department’s Graduate Teaching Award (Spring 2014)
»Undergraduate Joseph Coppiano was awarded the Scott Torgeson Outstanding Junior in Psychology Award with a $500 cash prize (Spring 2014)
»Amanda Rodrigue and Jordan Pierce were awarded the Richard L. Marsh Mentoring Award for Graduate Students in the Psychology Dept. (Spring 2014)
» Undergraduate student, David Parker was named a CURO Summer Fellow (funded to work in our laboratory full time over the summer, and provided with additional research training).
» Dr. McDowell was awarded an UGA Graduate School Outstanding Mentor Award in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
» CCNL has 2 students recognized by prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship: Cindy Krafft (2010-2013) and David Schaeffer (2011-2014).
Past Awards and Honors
Recent Workshops Attended with Full or Partial Funding
» Amanda Rodrigue and Anastasia Bobilev – Wellcome Trust Course: Human Genome Analysis: Genetic Analysis of Multifactorial Diseases in Cambridge, England. All expenses paid.
» Cindy Krafft – 2 week UCLA Neruoimaging Training Program Advanced Summer Course – all expenses paid (7/2012).
» Amanda Rodrigue – Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory (New York) Workshop on Schizophrenia and Related Disorders – partial award ($750; 6/2012).
» Jordan Pierce (6 – 7/2012), and Mathew Hudgens-Haney, David Schaeffer, and Lauren Hayrynen (6-7/2011) – 6 week Multimodal Neuroimaging Summer Workshop at University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University – all expenses paid.
Photos of Lab Events