Brain and Behavioral Processes Laboratory

Lab Group Photo 2018

Lab member, December 2018. Top row (left to right): Hannah Weiss, Brandon Almy, Luke Lammers, Sandra Thijssen, Caressa Rode, Seung Min Yu. Bottom row (left to right): Paul Collins, Monica Luciana, Maddie Notti, Nirvi Ajmera.

Welcome to the Brain and Behavioral Processes Laboratory at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. This lab is directed by Monica Luciana PhD, Psychology Professor. The focus of the lab’s research is to examine brain/behavior relationships in adults and adolescents, with a specific focus on the neurobiology of executive functions and their interfaces with motivational systems. We use a combination of behavioral, pharmacological, molecular genetic, and neuroimaging techniques to address questions of interest.

Current projects emphasize adolescent brain development and implications for the development of substance abuse disorders.