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Students Needed to Help with Research on Brain Activity

The CBU Department of Behavioral Sciences is looking for students who are interested in helping to study brain activity related to tasks involving emotion, attention, memory, language, literature, leadership/service, and different mental states (e.g., meditation).

Last semester, CBU acquired an advanced system to record electroencephalograms (EEG) using caps placed on the head(s) of one or two people. This system allows us to measure brain activity from various areas of people’s brains. (Click here for more info »»)

The system was purchased through a grant from the National Science Foundation, and we proposed several studies/projects to be completed during the next 2½ years:

  • The effects of emotion and cognitive workload (i.e., mental effort) on brain responses related to automatic attention (2 studies)
  • Brain activity related to interactions between emotion and personal memories (2 studies)
  • The role of emotion in brain activity related to computer-mediated communication (e.g., texting)
  • Patterns of brain activity related to connecting with literary characters
  • Correlations between brain activity and (1) moral attitudes and beliefs and (2) leadership, service, and mental states

Students from all majors are invited to participate in one or more studies/projects. The studies/projects may be of interest to students in psychology and biological sciences, but we also hope to involve students from other majors, such as English, religion and philosophy, business, electrical engineering, etc. The initial emphasis will be on learning to use the system to record brain activity while participants perform certain tasks. Students who are interested may go on to work on analyzing data, doing background research, etc. There may be opportunities for students to present findings at conferences, and even to be involved in writing manuscripts for potential publication in journals.

If you are interested in learning more about the system and related opportunities, please stop by Buckman Hall 327 between 9:00 and 12:00 on Friday, January 16. 

If you're interested but can't attend, please contact Dr. Jeff Sable at

Posted by Cory Dugan at 10:36 AM