Brain Function Lab
The ACNC Brain Function Laboratory conducts studies to determine the influence of dietary factors on physiological, psychological and cognitive development and functioning in children. To accomplish this, the Laboratory relates measures of behavioral development and body and brain activities to nutritional variables (for example, diet type, meal frequency and amounts) and cognitive processes (such as attention, language development, and thinking processes involved in the selection and responses to visual and auditory information). The Laboratory is exceptionally well-equipped to conduct these studies, with three recording suites each with 128 channel high density EEG recording systems and related equipment for the acquisition and processing of brain electrical activity and associated activities such as heart rate and eye movements. The combination of this information with relevant measures from the ACNC Clinical and Brain Imaging sections produces a comprehensive neurobehavioral profile to be used in the analysis and interpretation of data. The collection and integration of such a wide scope of information is uncommon in single research environments and provides a powerful scientific platform for effectively addressing important questions regarding the role of nutrition in development, and for defining dietary factors that will maximize healthy development and behavior in infants and children.
R. Terry Pivik, Ph.D., Lab Director
Yuyuan Gu, MS, Research Support Specialist
Heather Downs, BA, Brain Research Specialist