Brain and Behavior Lab – Kristina Neely, Ph.D.
The Brain and Behavior Lab studies how the brain controls voluntary movements in healthy people, as well as in people with psychiatric or neurological disorders. Our work is interdisciplinary and crosses boundaries of clinical and cognitive psychology, kinesiology, and neuroscience. We use systems neuroscience techniques such as kinetic and kinematic analysis of movement, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), structural MRI, and clinical and cognitive measures of behavior.
The overarching goal of our research is to understand how cognitive functions, such as inhibitory control and attention, influence motor output. Further, we seek to better understand how specific regions of the brain contribute to voluntary, goal-directed movement.