Human Cognition and Neurophysiology Laboratory

Our lab is interested in the neurophysiology and cognitive functioning of the human brain in both healthy and diseased states. To that end, we pursue several research aims that encompass measurement of human cognition, emotion, and neurophysiology. We typically ask subjects to complete behavioral tasks in the laboratory, in the neurosurgical operating room, or in the epilepsy monitoring unit. These behavioral computer tasks are designed to investigate circuits involved in decision-making, motor control, learning, and the representation of affective stimuli. We often target structures encountered during deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, Essential Tremor, and Tourette Symdrome, as well as subcortical (i.e. amygdala) and cortical sites in patients undergoing language localization for the treatment of epilepsy or tumor resection.

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  • University of Louisville Psychology Department
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Neurology, Neurosurgery), Nashville, TN
  • Vanderbilt University (Psychology), Nashville, TN
  • University of Amsterdam (Psychology), Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Research Faculty

Brandon Ally, PhD

Assistant Professor

Peter Kaskan, PhD

Assistant Professor
Specialty: Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurophysiology

Nelleke van Wouwe, PhD, M.Sc.

Assistant Professor

Scott Wylie, PhD

Assistant Professor

Postdoctoral Researchers


 Adam Gifford, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

  Surya Rajan Selvam, M.S.

Research Technologist Sr.