Current Studies

LYBRALincoln Youth Brain Study

Researchers at the University at Nebraska-Lincoln are working with Lincoln Public Schools to study social skills and attention in healthy children and children with previous brain injury.

Do you have a child aged 5-9 years? We would like to hear from you.

Our research involves the following:


The eye-tracking experiment will involve viewing different facial expressions and social scenes while we record eye-gaze patterns.


The EEG tasks – EEG stands for electroencephalography – your child will sit on a comfortable seat and view faces and words presented on a computer monitor. The EEG net contains recording electrodes covered in soft sponges that will be soaked in warm water saline solution that is equivalent to human tears. The net will be placed on your child’s head like a hat, and connected to an isolation amplifier that isolates your child from the possibility of electrical shock. The recording electrodes “read” the electrical activity naturally occurring in your child’s brain.

Cognitive tests

Cognitive tests (neurobehavioral assessment) – we will administer tasks that measure general perceptual development, thinking and problem-solving skills, and social and emotional development.

Parent Questionnaires

Parent Questionnaire – the questionnaires will ask you about your child’s behavior, social and emotional development and about your general health.

How do I sign-up to be involved?

There are 2 ways you can let us know you are interested or if you would like to know more:
Call us: 402-472-1843

How will this help science?

Brain injury affects more children and adolescents than other high-profile disorders such as childhood cancer, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Studies have shown that children with a brain injury can often view emotional expressions and social situations differently than their uninjured peers and often make social judgements that are incorrect.

Currently, there are limited ways to identify children and teens who may be experiencing issues with social skill development. The objective of this study is to establish whether differences in eye-gaze to facial emotions and social scenes and the associated brain responses are related to social functioning. This information is crucial for counselling families and referral to targeted intervention programs that have long-term benefits.

How long will the assessment take?

Your child will be scheduled for a mutually-convenient appointment time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for approximately 60-90 minutes long.

Researchers will also ask parents to complete 4 questionnaires, which will take approximately 40-60 minutes to complete.

Where will the study be done?

The study is being done in a research room at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Is there any charge for my participation in the study?

No, your participation in this study is free.

Is there compensation for this study?

We will be offering participants $15 for volunteering their time to participate.

Are the procedures safe?

Yes. All of the tests and procedures in this study have been used in previous research and have been safely used in clinical practice for over 50 years.