Brain & Cognitive Sciences

The NeuroPsychLab in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester conducts research on cognitive deficits that may occur in an individual after a brain injury. You may be interested in participating in our research projects if you have suffered a brain injury (due to a stroke, an accident, a brain tumor, or other trauma) either recently or in the past, and you experience any one of the following difficulties:

  • Speaking or remembering familiar words
  • Bumping into walls or objects
  • Recognizing or using common objects
  • Recognizing once-familiar faces
  • Paying attention to parts of the space around you
  • Understanding conversations or written text
  • Producing spelling errors that are unusual for you
  • Systematically forgetting to eat some of the food on your plate
  • Other significant changes in your cognitive abilities relative to your skill level prior to the brain injury

Currently, ongoing research projects involve difficulties with using and identifying objects, language and visual processing deficits. Most research in the NeuroPsychLab involves tasks such as naming pictures, demonstrating how to use common objects, repeating words, reading and writing. Some studies may be conducted on a computer and require you to speak a response or push a button to indicate your judgment in a simple task.

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