Welcome to the Developmental Brain Laboratory

Our laboratory is affiliated with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior. Our lab is run by Dr. Dennis Molfese, Mildred Francis Thompson Professor of Psychology at UNL and Founding Director Emeritus of the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior.

The dBRAIN Lab investigates questions related to the brain and its involvement in cognitive processes (e.g., learning, language) across the lifespan, electrophysiological predictors of cognitive and linguistic development from early infancy into adulthood, the impact of minor amounts of sleep loss on child and adult processing, lateralization of language and cognitive functions, the effects of microgravity on brain and cognitive functioning, cognitive processes in head injured adults, and related issues.

Most of our work will be based here in Lincoln, Nebraska. A number of our research projects are conducted in collaboration with faculty from other institutions within the U.S. and abroad, as well as with colleagues in a number of departments at the University of Louisville, including the Medical School and affiliated hospitals.



Our concussion project has been featured in a variety of news media:

ESPN: 1 2

Lincoln Journal Star: 1 2

Minnesota Daily

Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World-Herald

Video of the East Stadium expansion project: KLKNTV.com


Laboratory News

Dr. Molfese was the commencement speaker at UNL’s Summer 2012 Graduation Ceremony. Read his speech here.

Congrats to researchers presenting at Cognitive Neuroscience Society! View and download their work.

Dr. Molfese and The dBrain Lab was featured in Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center’s quarterly newsletter, The Associate. Read to learn more about their work with newborn babies.

The dBrain Lab is starting to run participants. Please see our ERP visit page to learn more about participating.


Upcoming training workshops

Contact Dennis for training information.


Participate in research

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