Welcome to CBCSL!


Our lab focuses on the theoretical aspects of cognitive science and neuroscience, with a particular emphasis on vision, learning and linguistics. We combine computational modeling with imaging and behavioral data to acquire a broader understanding of how the human brain functions. This includes research in machine learning 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 and give back to the community. Our research gives Columbus residents a unique opportunity to contribute to science, while also providing new information that may lead to scientific advances within the local community. For example, we are interested in studying how in individuals from the Deaf community use visual information, especially when that information includes facial expressions of emotion and language. In return, our reseach will help us better understand how the Deaf population may differ from the hearing population, and perhaps help us better accomodate the Deaf population. We are also interested in studying differences in the perception of facial expressions of emotion for individuals diagnosed with psychiatric disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Our findings will allow us to develop new diagnostic measures that will lead to earlier detection of these disorders.

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 post-traumatic stress disorder OR autism sprectrum disorder (including Asperger's)
  • No traumatic brain injury

For information on participation please contact Qianli at feng.559@osu.edu.