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Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at 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.

Our lab is housed in the new
natural sciences building La Kretz Hall. 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.

About Us:

Currently there are three graduate and five
undergraduate students in the lab. Our ongoing projects involve the
study of the following aspects of decision making:

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



Note: If you are interested in being
part of our lab please email Dr. Izquierdo