Center of Excellence in Neuroergonomics, Technology, and Cognition
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Research

The CENTEC faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are engaged in research in a number of different areas of neuroergonomics, technology, and cognition. Currently, research and training is focused on: attention, perception, memory, vigilance, learning, and decision making; the neural and genetic bases of these processes; their computational modeling; their mediation of human-automation interaction; and their instantiation in intelligent agents. A number of neuroimaging and non-invasive brain stimulation methods are used to examine these domains, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and event-related potentials (ERPs) functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), Transcranial Doppler Sonography (TCDS), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and transcranial Direct Current (tDCS) and Alternating Current (tACS) Stimulation.

The emphasis in all research projects is on the use of inter-disciplinary approaches drawn from psychology, neuroscience, computational science, molecular genetics, and training technologies. Within and across these fields, CENTEC postdocs and students receive training in the use of state-of-the-art and emerging new techniques to investigate cognitive processes from a neuroergonomic perspective.

Project Areas and Lead Investigators

  1. Molecular Genetic and Neuroimaging Studies of Complex Cognition (Raja Parasuraman).
  2. Computational Analysis of Neural Mechanisms of Learning and Memory (Giorgio Ascoli).
  3. Interruptions and Multi-Tasking (Deborah Boehm-Davis).
  4. Multimodal Cognition (Carryl Baldwin).
  5. Neuroadaptive Systems (Tyler Shaw).
  6. Training the Brain (Pamela Greenwood, Raja Parasuraman).
  7. Computational Modeling of Vigilance (Greg Trafron).
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