CB3's research is highly diverse, ranging from brain injuries and other cognitive impairments to the heritability of social attitudes and the neurological basis of decision-making. Concussion research is a cornerstone of the center's work. UNL researchers are studying how the brain functions and processes information before and after concussions. They're focusing on athletes but this research could improve treatment for the 1.7 million Americans who suffer traumatic brain injuries annually.
Other examples of CB3 research:
- Advancing fundamental theory and cultivating cutting-edge methods within cognitive neuroscience to better understand and predict mental abilities and patient health outcomes through the study of typical and abnormal biopsychological phenomena.
- Analyzing the neuroscience behind risky behavior and decision-making could allow for psychological treatment to become customized and more effective.
- Mapping the brain's reaction to uncertainty could inform the political process and explain why some people develop tolerance and acceptance in the face of uncertainty while others react negatively.
- Examining working memory, primarily spatial working memory, and executive function across the lifespan. These studies of adults and children examine the relationship between working memory and other cognitive and perceptual abilities, such as inhibitory control and perception.
- Analyzing the neural substrates of sensory and motor aspects of swallowing, voice, and speech behavior in healthy and neurologically compromised adults.
- Investigating attention and eye movements in real world scenarios.
- Examining the interaction between women's mental, physical and sexual health.