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The Human Functional Imaging Core focuses on the mapping of human brain function using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and employs electroencephalograpy (EEG) along with traditional cognitive psychology methodologies. We seek to understand and model physiological changes (cerebral metabolism, blood flow, volume, oxygenation, brain wave activity) in response to task activation.

USD investigators are currently recruiting participants for fMRI, EEG and behavioral research projects. If you are interested in participating in any of these research opportunities, you may contact the researchers directly.

Current Research

fMRI Studies

The Baugh Lab is currently recruiting participants for a study aimed at developing a better understanding into how motor function is affected following stroke. If you are interested in participating and are over the age of 18, contact Kelene Fercho, Ph.D., at 605-658-6340 or email

Sensorimotor Study

EEG Studies

The Jorgensen Lab is recruiting participants for a research study on hearing problems in blast‐exposed veterans who have normal hearing test results.  This study takes place on the USD main campus in Vermillion. 

If you are a veteran between the ages of 20 and 50, and would like more information about this study, please contact Lindsey Jorgensen, Ph.D. at 605‐677‐5474 or

Veterans Hearing Research Study

Behavioral Studies 

The School of Education is recruiting children ages 3 to 5 and a caregiver for a study on how young children use media. This study will help us understand parents’ and young children’s beliefs, motivations, and usage of digital technologies and media. To learn more, contact Gabrielle Strouse, Ph.D., at 605-681-6142 or email

Kids and Media Study

The USD Forster Lab is conducting a study about how coping with emotion and stress is related to immune function. We are looking for participants who:

  • Do not have any injuries or chronic physical illnesses
  • Are not using blood thinners or glucocorticoids
  • Are not pregnant
  • Are between 18 and 55 years old

If interested, contact Jamie Scholl at 605-658-6341 or

Stress, Mood and Immune Function Study