We are putting South Dakota on the map when it comes to high-quality brain imaging and behavioral research. With more than 15 projects in various stages leading to publication, we expect to only increase our visibility as a leader in brain and behavioral research. Here are our latest success stories:


  • Bosch, T. J., Hanna, T., Fercho, K. A.*, & Baugh, L. A. (2018). Behavioral performance and visual strategies during skill acquisition using a novel tool use motor learning task. Scientific reports, 8(1), 13755.
  • Rallis, A., Fercho, K.A., Bosch, T.J., Baugh, L.A. (2018). Getting a handle on virtual tools: An examination of the neuronal activity associated with virtual tool use. Neuropsychologia, 109, 208-221.
  • Wang, X.T., Reed, R.N., Baugh, L.A., & Fercho, K.A. (2018). Resource forecasting: Differential effects of glucose taste and ingestion on delay discounting and self-control. Appetite, 121, 101-110.
  • Brown-Rice, K.A., Scholl, J.L., Fercho, K.A., Pearson, K., Kallsen, N.A., Davies, G.E., Ehli, E.A., Olson, S., Schweinle, A., Baugh, L.A., Forster, G.L. (2018). Neural and psychological characteristics of college students with alcoholic parents differ depending on current alcohol use. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 81, 284-296.
  • Fercho, K.A., Baugh, L.A (2016). Cognitive attribution of the source of an error in object-lifting results in differences in motor generalization. Experimental Brain Research, 1-10.
  • Fercho, K. A., Peterson, D., & Baugh, L. A. (2016, September). A Rested Development: Effort Regulation Strategy Maintains Task Performance but Alters ERPs in Task-Induced Cognitive Fatigue. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 680-684). SAGE Publications.
  • Ikiugu, M. N., Hoyme, A. K., Mueller, B., & Reinke, R. R. (2016). Difference between meaningful and psychologically rewarding occupations: Findings from two pilot studies. Journal of Occupational Science, 23(2), 266-277.
  • Simons, R. M., Simons, J. S., Olson, D., Baugh, L., Magnotta, V., & Forster, G. (2016). Posttraumatic stress and alcohol use among veterans: Amygdala and anterior cingulate activation to emotional cues. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 30(7), 720-732.
  • Fercho, K.A., Baugh, L.A.*, Hanson, E*. (2015). Effects of alphabet-supplemented speech on brain activity of listeners: An fMRI study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 58(5), 1452-1463.

National and International Presentations

  • Baugh, L.A., & Fercho, K.A. (2018) Tiring from trying: A potential relationship between errors in motor control and post-stroke fatigue. Presented at the Midwest Regional Neuroscience Conference, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, USA.
  • Fercho, K.A., Wang, X.T., & Baugh, L.A. (2018). The science of sweet: The effect of artificial sweetener on neurological and behavioral responses in a delay discounting task. Presented at the Midwest Regional Neuroscience Conference, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, USA.
  • Fercho, K.A., Bosch, T.J., Hanna, T., Baugh, L.A. (2018). Beta late than never: Beta rhythm suppression during action observation is sensitive to somatosensory experience in an object manipulation task. Presented at the 22nd International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Fercho, K.A, Lynch, G.R., Baugh, L.A. (2018). ERNing performance improvements: Error related negativity (ERN) is associated with errors in lifting performance during an object manipulation task. Presented at the 2nd Annual Eastern South Dakota Research Symposium, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
  • Baugh, L.A., Bosch, T.J., Hanna, T., Fercho, K.A. (2018). Beta late than never: Beta rhythm suppression during action observation is sensitive to somatosensory experience in an object manipulation task. Presented at the 2nd Annual Eastern South Dakota Research Symposium, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
  • Lynch, G.R., Baugh, L.A., Fercho, K.A. (2018). How the Brain Waves: Electrophysiological Correlates Of Error Processing In An Object Manipulation Task.  Presented at the MSU Billings & Billings Clinic Science Expo, Billings, MT, USA. 
  • Kang, L., Haley, E., McNeil, M., Pratt, P., Baugh, L.A., Fercho, K.A., Jorgensen, L., Gallun, F. (2018). Tinnitus in Blast-Exposed Veterans with Hearing Handicap but Normal Audiograms. Presented at the 45th Annual Scientific and Technology Conference of the American Auditory Society, Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Scholl, J.L., Brown-Rice, K.A., Fercho, K.A., Pearson, K., Kallsen, N.A., Davies, G.E., Ehli, E.A., Olson, S., Schweinle, A., Baugh, L.A., Forster, G.L. (2017). Neural and psychological characteristics of college students with alcoholic parents differ depending on current alcohol use. Presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.
  • Fercho, K.A. & Baugh, L.A. (2017). Increased levels of fatigue are associated with deficits in skilled object manipulation following stroke. Presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.
  • Pearson, K., Brown-Rice, K., Scholl, J., Fercho, K.A., Forster, G.L., Schweinle, A., Olson, S. Kallsen, N., Davies, G., Ehli, E., & Baugh, L.A. (2017). Psychological and biological indicators of college students with alcoholic parents. Presented at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Fercho, K.A., KC, Bikash, Baugh, L.A. (2017). Isometric force control is more affected by right than left hemisphere damage following stroke. Presented at the New Mexico Clinical Neurostimulation Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
  • Bosch, T.J., Fercho, K.A., Hanna, T., Baugh, L.A. (2017). Left anterior supramarginal gyrus activation following extensive tool use training. Presented at the Central Regional IDeA Conference, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
  • Forster, G., Brown-Rice, K., Pearson, K., Scholl, J., Fercho, K.A., Schweinle, A., Olson, S., Kallsen, N., Davies, G., Ehli, E., Baugh, L.A. (2017). Neural and psychological characteristics of college students of alcoholic parents depend on current alcohol use. Presented at the Central Regional IDeA Conference, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
  • Burnison, E., Baugh, L.A., Hanson, E.K., Fercho, K.A. (2017). Assessing a hybrid brain computer interface for end-users with communication impairments. Presented at the Central Regional IDeA Conference, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
  • Jones, W. Fercho, K.A., Baugh, L.A. (2017). Neural correlates of alphanumeric brand names. Presented at the 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium on Decision Neuroscience, Stanford, California, USA.
  • Johnson, A., Fercho, K.A., Brown-Rice, K., Baugh, L.A. (2017). Historical trauma and neuroscience in relation to an American Indian population. Presented at the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health Annual Summit, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
  • Fercho, K.A., Bosch, T.J. Niederbaumer, S.O., Brenner, C., Baugh, L.A. (2017). It's not mu, it's me: Sensorimotor rhythm desynchronization during action observation is not synonymous with skilled motor performance. Presented at the Society for the Neural Control of Movement 27th Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Fercho, K.A., Baugh, L.A., Louw, A., Zimney, K. (2017). Pain neuroscience education effect on pain matrix processing in an individual with complex regional pain syndrome: A single subject research design. Presented at the 2nd Annual Pain Science in Motion: International and Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Research Methods in Pain Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Fercho, K.A., Burnison, E., Hanson, E.K., Baugh, L. A. (2016). Addition of pupil diameter measurements increases brain computer interface (BCI) performance in a P300-based speller. Presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, California.
  • Fercho, K.A., KC, B., Baugh, L. A. (2016). Differential effects of left and right hemisphere stroke on a precision grip force task. Presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, California.
  • Fercho, K.A., Peterson, D., Baugh, L.A. (2016). A rested development: Effort regulation strategy protects task performance and affects event-related potentials associated with task-induced cognitive fatigue. Presented at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society International Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Pearson, K., Brown-Rice, K., Scholl, J., Fercho, K.A., Baugh, L.A., Schweinle, A., Olson, S. Olson, D., Forster, G. (2016). Mediators of emotional issues in college students of alcoholic parents. Presented at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.
  • Fercho, K.A., Reno, A., Bosch, T., Baugh, L. A. (2015). Virtually perfect recall: An examination of the memory systems involved in the recall of complex virtual tool use. Presented at the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
  • Reno, A., Fercho, K.A., Finn, R., Bosch, T., Baugh, L. A. (2015). Getting a handle on Virtual Tools: An examination of the neuronal activity associated with virtual tool use. Presented at the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
  • Fercho, K.A., Ladd, A., Baugh, L.A. (2015). P3 or not P3: Assessing the occurrence of the P300 event-related potential during sensorimotor memory updating during an object lifting task.  Presented at the Society for the Neural Control of Movement 25th Annual Conference, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Forster, G., Olson, D., Baugh, L.A., Hansen, J.M., Engel, S., Simons, R., Simons, J., Magnotta, V. (2015). Enhanced frontal cortex activity elicited by emotional stimuli in veterans with hazardous alcohol. Presented at the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, Victoria B.C., Canada.
  • Reno, A., Fercho, K.A., Finn, R., Bosch, T., Baugh, L. A. (2015). The Role of the Ventral Visual Stream in Virtual Tool Spatial Transformations. Presented at the 30th Annual Meeting of the MD/PHD National Student Conference, Keystone, Colorado.
  • Zylstra, H., Fercho, K.A., Hanson, E.K., Baugh, L. (2015). A brain computer interface for alternative and augmentative communication. Presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Fercho, K.A., Peterson, D., Baugh, L.A. (2015). A rested development: Task performance and ERP evidence of blocking as a form of coping with task-induced cognitive fatigue. Presented at the Nebraska Physiological Society 18th Annual Meeting, Vermillion, South Dakota.
  • Fercho, K.A., Reno, A., Bosch, T., Baugh, L.A. (2015). Virtually perfect recall: An examination of the memory systems involved in the recall of complex virtual tool use. Presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Bosch, T.J., Fercho, K.A., Reno, A., Baugh, L.A. (2015). Learning the exotic: Effects of direct experience with unfamiliar tools on motor resonance during tool use action observation. Presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Reno, A., Fercho, K.A., Finn, R., Bosch, T., Baugh, L.A. (2015). Getting a handle on virtual tools: An examination of the neuronal activity associated with virtual tool use. Presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, Illinois.
  • K.C., Bikash, Fercho, K.A., Baugh, L.A. (2015). Sensorimotor memory and sensorimotor integration abilities dissociate in a post MCA stroke population. Presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, Illinois.