Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology

Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience

Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience
of Cal
State LA was established in 2006 by Dr. Izquierdo. The focus of our research is
in the brain regions and mechanisms by which we make decisions and, more
specifically, how we are able to modify our behavior when given new information.
In our lab we design experiments to assess this flexible decision making (and
perturbations of) using a variety of manual and automated tasks.


ur lab is presently housed in Biological Sciences. Because our research
involves a combination of biological techniques and psychological/behavioral
theory, undergraduate and graduate students of either educational background are
welcome. Those interested in pursuing Ph.D.s and/or research careers in
neuroscience are also welcome.


urrently there are two graduate and two undergraduate students in the
lab. Our ongoing projects involve the study of the following aspects of decision

  • Frontal, striatal, and limbic contributions
  • Effects
    of drugs of abuse on cognition
  • Dopaminergic and serotonergic modulation of cognition

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