Cognition, Brain, and Autism Laboratory

Welcome to the Cognition, Brain, and Autism (CBrA) Laboratory at the Department of Psychology, UAB Civitan International Research Center. brain_homeOur lab is dedicated to investigating the brain responses associated with social, cognitive, and affective processes. To pursue this goal, we study typical development as well as syndromes like autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The primary technique we use in accomplishing our goal is functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). Functional MRI measures the changes in blood flow in the brain in the context of a cognitive, linguistic, or social task. The main goal of the lab is to understand the inner workings of the human brain by studying typical as well as atypical brain functioning and brain organization.  Our studies span a set of social cognitive functions, such as language comprehension, Theory-of-Mind (ToM), action understanding, agency detection, and moral decision making.  In addition to functional MRI, we also use Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) to understand the organization of white matter in typical and disabled populations.