Centers and Labs
Neuroscience related labs and centers at Mason
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SCI: FI Lab
The Social Cognition and Interaction: Functional Imaging (SCI:FI) LAB investigates the psychological functions (i.e., why they exist and work) and the proximate neurobiological mechanisms (i.e., how they work) of social cognition (e.g., beliefs, schemata) in social interactions (e.g., trust, cooperation, altruistic punishment).
Part of the Center for Biomedical Genomics and Informatics (CBMGI), Center for Study of Chronic Metabolic Diseases (CSCMD) and School of Systems Biology (SSB).
We are interested in looking into a puzzle of molecular pathways in human cells. As this topic includes EVERYTHING, we are trying to concentrate on the most interesting pieces of this puzzle — pathways related to human diseases.
No, it's not peanut butter and jelly, . . . it's Physiological and Behavioral Neuroscience in Juveniles, of course! We study the amazing processes of brain and cognitive development. Mammals are born with incomplete brains. Most of the neurons are there at birth, but they're not all wired together properly. So, we're looking at how this wiring process takes place and how it regulates the developmental emergence of memory.
The Center for Neural Informatics, Structures, and Plasticity (CN3) pursues fundamental breakthroughs in neuroscience by fostering neuroinformatic and computational approaches to neuroplasticity and neuroanatomy.
Center for Adaptive Systems of Brain-Body Interaction (CASBBI) recognizes that improving the quality of life of individuals with disabilities requires an in-depth understanding of the biopsychosocial factors underpinning the disabling condition. CASBBI brings together scientists, engineers, health care professionals, and community stakeholders to pursue transdisciplinary fundamental research and to create translational innovations aimed at challenges related to disability. In particular, our research focuses on chronic pain, movement impairment, autism spectrum disorders, and substance use disorder.
We perform numerical and experimental studies focused on both the physics of neuronal behavior as well as the physics of simple non-equilibrium systems.
Dr. Flinn’s research focuses on the role of metals in both behavior and physiology. Her research has emphasized the roles of zinc, copper and iron in learning and memory and also in macular degeneration. Her research currently focuses on two specific aspects of metals in behavior, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the extinction of learned fears. Her lab is developing genetically modified mice which model late onset Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of the disease. In Alzheimer’s mice, increased zinc causes an impairment in memory, which may be due to decreased copper. Current studies are examining memory, affiliative behaviors and circadian rhythms and the role of inflammation and zinc transporters in AD mice. The work on extinction has shown that increased levels of zinc, which may act through reducing copper levels, lead to an inability to extinguish a learned fear normally, a possible factor in PTSD.
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