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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 conducting a study aimed at better understanding how your brain responds when you have to perform multiple tasks at the same time. The first portion of this study involves a questionnaire aimed at determining your suitability to enter an MRI scanner and the second portion involves performing a complex task while in the MRI scanning environment. If you are interested, please call 605-658-6340 or email to set up an appointment.

Sustained Attention Study

The Center for Genetics and Behavioral Health is currently recruiting participants for a study to understand how genetic variation and immune responses relate to mental health after trauma. Involvement in the study includes surveys about your past history, mood, health, head injury, use of alcohol or other substances, and collection of samples for immune markers and gut bacteria. You may be invited to take part in the fMRI portion of the study at a later date. You are eligible for this study if you are between 18 and 55 years old, have experienced a traumatic life event, do not have any injuries or chronic physical illnesses, are not using blood thinners or glucocorticoids, and are not pregnant. For more information, please contact Zach King at 605-202-9175 or email

Trauma Study

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 Baugh Lab is currently recruiting individuals to participate in a research project aimed at determining the relationship between motor performance when interacting with an object and brain wave activity using EEG. Recruitment includes both individuals who have experienced a stroke and those who have not experienced a stroke. If you are interested, please call 605-658-6340 or email to set up an appointment.

Stroke Fatigue Study

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 and 4, and a caregiver for a study on how young children learn from educational TV and apps. This study will help us understand parents’ and young children’s usage of digital technologies and media. To learn more, contact Gabrielle Strouse, Ph.D., at 605-681-6143 or email

Stress, Mood and Immune Function Study