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VR Laboratory

Virtual Reality Laboratory

The goal of our laboratory is to combine behavioral neuroscience theory and
methodology with clinical populations to help elucidate the neural bases of
memory function. This translational approach takes advantage of the rich
paradigms that have been extensively developed for testing nonhumans, and
extends them to human clinical psychology research.

Current environments include virtual driving, virtual Morris water task, virtual
radial-arm maze, virtual Whishaw table maze, virtual cities, virtual casinos,
and a virtual crackhouse. Our primary data methods include functional magnetic
resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), event-related
potentials (ERP), and intra-cranial recordings. We collect these data from a
variety of individuals with and without psychiatric illness, including
schizophrenia, substance abuse, Alzheimer’s disease, posttraumatic stress
disorder, major depressive disorder, and epilepsy. Additionally, we examine the
effects of a variety of drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine on memory
function. All of our laboratories operate in collaboration with the Department
of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.