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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 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 Zach.King@usd.edu.

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 BaughNeuroLab@gmail.com.

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 Lindsey.Jorgensen@usd.edu.

Veterans Hearing Research Study

The Baugh Lab is conducting a study on memory and evaluation using EEG. If you are interested in participating, are a right-handed male who is either 18 years of age or between 30-35 years of age, and have no history of psychiatric disorder or traumatic brain injury, please contact Tim Hanna at 605-658-6478 or email BaughNeuroLab@gmail.com.

Memory and Evaluation 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 usdchildrensmediastudy@gmail.com.

Children's Media 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 usdscienceoflearning@gmail.com.

Kids and Media Study

USD 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 neurostudies@usd.edu.

Stress, Mood and Immune Function Study