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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

The Baugh Lab is currently recruiting participants for a study aimed at determining how the brain changes when you learn to use a tool. If you are interested in participating, have little experience using chopsticks, are right-hand dominant, have no history of psychiatric disorder and are between the ages of 18-30, contact Taylor J. Bosch at 605-658-6478 or email

Tool Use Motor Learning Study

Behavioral Studies

The USD Cochlear Implant Program is recruiting participants for a research study on cochlear implant programming at the USD Speech & Hearing Clinic. If you are interested in participating, and are an adult male cochlear implant user with at least six months of cochlear implant experience, contact Jessica Messersmith, Ph.D., or Lanvin Entwisle at 605-677-5474 or email or

Cochlear Implant Study

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 communication sciences and disorders and physician assistant studies departments are recruiting primary pediatric health care professionals and audiologists for a research study on the accuracy of identification and treatment of otitis media in reference to the American Academy of Pediatrics and AAO guidelines. If you are a practicing healthcare professional and are interested in participating in this study, you may complete a 15-minute online survey here or contact Jessica Messersmith, Ph.D. at 605-677-5474 or Melissa Castillo at 605-658-5926 for more information.

Primary Pediatric Health Care Professionals and Audiologists 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