Faculty Research Labs

Faculty Research Labs

The Brain and Cognition Lab

The Brain and Cognition Lab explores a range of topics from multidisciplinary perspectives focused on how the brain is involved in cognitive processes. Current research projects include studies of learning and memory in animals, early reading and effects of cognitive training in young children, and executive functions in adult humans. In addition to behavioral and electrophysiological techniques, we use electroencephalography (EEG) to measure electrical signals from human brains and cardiovascular measures to measure stress/mental workload. 

Location: University Hall 3321 and 3417
Directors: Dr. Mike Foy and Dr. Judith Foy

The P.R.O.S.E. (Psychological Research on Synthetic Environments) Project

The P.R.O.S.E. Project was established in 2009 to investigate the psychology of 3D or immersive digital environments such as virtual reality and virtual worlds. While the lab continues its work on 3D environments, its focus has broadened over time to consider the personal and cultural impact of a wide range of leading-edge digital technologies.

Location: University Hall 4712 
Director: Dr. Richard Gilbert 
Website: www.proseproject.info

Psychology Applied Research Center (PARC)

The PARC team has extensive experience in program evaluation and action research that has multiple tiers. By employing mixed methodologies; staying local, statewide and national in scope; attending to race, culture, social class and their relevance to social issues and program evaluation; and bringing a multidisciplinary lens LMU-PARC can accomplish its goals. Our evaluation and technical assistance extends to over 35 communities across the country and touches on a host of social justice and community issues. 

Location: University Hall 4715
Director: Dr. Cheryl Grills
Website: bellarmine.lmu.edu/psychology/parc

Social Interaction Lab

Dr. Nora Murphy's research lab research interests: social and personality psychology, nonverbal communication and emotion, interpersonal accuracy, person perception and first impressions, meta-analysis. Generally, she has 2-6 students working in her lab in any given semester with a mixture of work study students, volunteers, and research assistantships for credit. Students must have successfully completed PSYC 2002 Research Methods to work in the lab; hiring is usually conducted in the semester before work begins. Interested students may email Dr. Murphy at nora.murphy@lmu.edu.

Location: University Hall 3405 and 3406
Director: Dr. Nora Murphy

Emotion and Social Relationships Lab

The Emotion and Social Relationships Lab conducts research on the roles of social factors and close relationships in mental and physical health. The lab focuses especially on interpersonal influences on emotion, emotion regulation, and cognitive processing in healthy functioning, mood disorders, and coping with illness (including cancer). Lab studies examine both individuals and couples, and use multiple methodologies including questionnaire and survey data, laboratory experiments, and behavioral observation of dyadic interaction in the lab and in the field.

Location: University Hall 4727 and 4732
Director: Dr. Brett Marroquín

Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

Dr. Okada investigates the neural bases of language and other cognitive processes using functional MRI. She is also interested in understanding the relationship between cognitive performance and aerobic exercise. Members of the laboratory are involved in analysis of brain scans, data collection (questionnaires, cognitive tests, testing before and after exercise on a bicycle), analyses of behavioral data and literature review.

Location: University Hall 4754
Director: Dr. Kayoko Okada

Close Relationships Lab

Dr. Máire Ford’s research lab investigates the role of the self in close interpersonal relationships. Specifically, her research focuses on the role of the self in shaping the effects of both positive relationship events (e.g., social support) and negative relationship events (e.g., social stressors) on health and well-being. Research in her lab also focuses on social perception processes in positive and negative interpersonal interactions. 

Location: University Hall 3401 and 3401a
Director: Dr. Máire Ford