Christian Brothers University is recognized internationally for engaging undergraduate students in cognitive neuroscience training and research. Our Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (CNL) is particularly unique in the region. Students at CBU have access to resources and research that provides them an immersive experience that includes designing studies; analyzing data; presenting research at regional, national, and international conferences; and co-authoring articles for publication in scientific journals.
In 2014, CBU received a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase the Brain Vision actiCHamp system and related equipment that are the heart of the lab. The grant proposal involved faculty members from all four CBU schools (Arts, Business, Engineering, and Sciences) and included both research and teaching elements. Such a system is unusual for a primarily undergraduate institution, especially one the size of CBU.
Students in courses like Biological Psychology and Psychophysiology use the lab resources to learn about common physiological signals, like those used in hospitals and medical clinics. The CNL is collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature. Students are encouraged to work with faculty from across the university to develop and submit grants for their own projects, and they have been successful in doing so.
The lab is directed by Dr. Jeffrey J. Sable, an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia with an emphasis in cognition and neuroscience and a graduate minor in college teaching. Much of his research is focused on attention and perception, especially in the auditory system.
Affiliated Faculty (with current projects in the lab):
Rod Vogl, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences.
Chanda Murphy, Ph.D., is an instructor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.
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Our whole-head actiCHamp electroencephalogram (EEG) system came with a life-sized foam head that makes it easier to place the EEG electrodes in the elastic caps that hold them. When we started processing and graphing data using the EEG, we thought naming the head would simplify communication in the lab. James Rogers (Psychology '17) thought the 3-dimensional digital head onto which the software graphed the data bore a stunning likeness to Ford Prefect from the film based on Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. We have since referred to the digital head as DigiFord. Needless to say, he has now taken on a life of his own and tweets about his experiences in the lab.