The Clinical and Cognitive 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, including multi-site collaborative studies with Augusta University, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, University of Chicago Medical Center, and Yale School of Medicine (known as the "Bipolar Schizophrenia Network on Intermediate Phenotypes" or "BSNIP" collaborative).