Welcome to CBCSL!


Our lab focuses on the theoretical aspects of cognitive science, with a particular emphasis on vision, learning and linguistics. We combine computational modelling with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioral data to acquire a broader understanding of how the human brain functions. Another emphasis of the lab is in building computational systems that can interact with people in a human-like manner. This involves research on human-computer interaction and computer vision.

The importance of community

Collaboration with the Columbus community is an essential component of our research. We feel it is very important to involve the community and help give back to the community. As such, our research gives the Columbus community a unique opportunity to contribute to science, while also providing new information that may lead to scientific advances within the community. For example, we are interested in studying how in individuals from the Deaf community perceive visual information, particularly facial expressions of emotion and language. In return, our reseach will help us understand how interactions with the world may differ between the Deaf and hearing communities. We are also interested in studying differences in the perception of facial expressions of emotion for individuals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) relative to neurotypical individuals. This research could provide new tools to aid in the diagnosis of PTSD and ASD.

For more information on our projects, see our Research page or check out the Featured Project below.

Interested in participating? Check out our Currently Recruiting experiments.

Featured Project

Emotion Processing in PTSD and ASD


This project aims to determine how individuals diagnosed with PTSD or ASD recognize facial expressions of emotion compared to the typical population. In this research, we measure participants' abilities to categorize different facial expressions of emotion and record brain responses to these faces. This will help us to better understand the brain regions affected by each disorder and also help us create tools that could lead to an earlier diagnosis. When this research is finished, we hope to have a new tool for diagnosis that can be easily encorporated into a doctor or psychiatrist's assessments.

Participant Requirements
  • 18 yrs or older
  • Normal or corrected to normal visual acuity
  • Diagnosed with with post-traumatic stress disorder OR autism sprectrum disorder (including Asperger's) OR neurotypical (no psychiatric diagnosis)
  • No traumatic brain injury

For information on participation please contact Pam at pallett.1@osu.edu.