Brain and Behavioral Processes Laboratory

January 2016, pictured (L to R): Duncan Cleveland, Snezana Urosevic, Paul Collins, Monica Luciana, Evan Myers, Emily Ewan

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 and currently Department Chair. 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 behaviors that are mediated by the brain’s prefrontal cortex (including working memory, planning, and emotional control) as well as the brain’s motivational systems. We use a combination of behavioral, pharmacological, molecular genetic, and neuroimaging techniques to address questions of interest.

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