Beyond clinical issues of health and wellbeing, many researchers at the Berenson-Allen Center are interested in utilizing brain stimulation to explore processes common to every human being: namely learning and behavior. By combining imaging with neuromodulation, we hope to better understand complex cognitive and personal processes including learning, speech generation and recognition, and emotional regulation.
Online/Offline Learning and Skill Consolidation
How do human beings form procedural and declarative memories? What happens to this knowledge over time? How do sleep and wakefulness impact learning and memory? These are all questions we are exploring at the Berenson-Allen Center. Through the combination of brain stimulation, imaging, and behavioral tasks we are investigating neural mechanisms behind the learning/memory process and are examining the effects of varied environmental or modulatory influences.
Language is one of the defining characteristics of human life. Despite its import and ubiquity, language is still a topic rife with questions and research opportunities. Here, we utilize brain stimulation to explore issues ranging from speech production and comprehension to reading and linguistic coding.
Morality and Prosocial Behavior
Where does moral judgment come from? Can moral decisions be mediated via external neuromodulation? Several of our researchers are looking into these questions and more. Through neuroimaging and brain stimulation, we are exploring the neural substrates of morality and the network dynamics of ethical decision making.