Laboratories

Perception and Action Neuroscience Group

The research efforts of the Perception & Action Neuroscience Group (PANG) led by James Thompson are focused on examining how we recognize human movement and make sense of other people’s actions, and how we code our own actions in relation to the external environment.
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Biomedical Imaging Laboratory

The Biomedical Imaging Lab led by Siddhartha Sikdar and Parag Chitnis conducts translational research using imaging to investigate pathophysiology and function. One overarching focus of their research is the investigation of brain-body interactions through imaging. In particular, they are studying the interactions between the central and peripheral nervous system and the musculoskeletal system in a number of clinical conditions of major public health significance, such as chronic pain, stroke, spinal cord injury, and amputation. The interdisciplinary group conducts pre-clinical research for developing new technology as well as translational research on human subjects. The group uses state-of-the-art ultrasound and laser instrumentation for developing new ultrasound, optical, and hybrid imaging techniques. Their research has potential applications in noninvasive diagnosis, screening, and treatment monitoring for a number of diseases, as well as for understanding underlying mechanisms of disease.
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Youth Emotion Lab

The Youth Emotion Lab led by Tara Chaplin is conducting three NIH-funded studies related to adolescent emotion regulation and the development and prevention of psychopathology and substance use.
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The Impulse Lab

The Impulse Lab led by Sarah Fischer conducts research studies on how personality traits influence these behaviors through deficits in emotion regulation, impulse control, and reward seeking.
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Social Robotics & Embodied Cognition Lab

The SREC Lab led by Eva Wiese focuses on research in social attention and embodied cognition and its application to social robotics and design thinking.
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Spatial Temporal Action Representation Lab

The STAR Lab led by Martin Wiener focuses on how the brain perceives time and space and aims to empirically study how the brain constructs these dimensions. The STAR Lab is not just interested in time and space alone, but what they are used for. For time, a major use of interest is the perception of rhythm and music. For space, they are interested in how this dimension is used for navigation and processing value.
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Neural Engineering Laboratory

The Neural Engineering Laboratory led by Nathalia Peixoto is comprised of faculty and students from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Department of Bioengineering at George Mason University. The research programs of the Neural Engineering Laboratory involve the development and use of in vitro and in vivo neural interface technologies. Specific projects are focused on dynamical modeling and pattern steering of living neuronal networks, the development and characterization of novel materials for neural interface technologies, exploration of new paradigms assistive device control, and function-based neuropharmacological assay development and demonstration.
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Mechanisms of Therapeutic Rehabilitation

The MOTR Lab led by Michelle Harris-Love is primarily interested in how the brain reorganizes to support arm recovery after injury. They aim to improve the outcomes of rehabilitation for those with arm impairment after stroke and are approaching this goal by exploring 1) the physiology of normal arm movement, 2) the neural correlates of impaired arm movement after stroke or other injury (such as amputation), and 3) new approaches to enhance post-stroke motor recovery.
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Laboratory for the Study and Simulation of Human Movement

The Laboratory for the Study and Simulation of Human Movement led by Zoran Duric and Lynn Gerber is devoted to research on developing new instrumentation and combining existing instrumentation in new ways to measure human movement. The laboratory enables faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates at George Mason University, as well as other universities and agencies, to participate in the exploration of human movement study, with the purpose of developing minimally intrusive, wireless data capture methodology to measure human motion and designing computer displays and graphic-user interfaces from which to model and simulate human motion.
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Other Resources

MRI Core Facility →

Institute for Biohealth Innovation 

Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study 

Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability 

Department of Bioengineering