The Center for Advanced Brain Imaging is a joint venture of Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The Center provides state-of-the-art neuroimaging facilities for studying brain-behavior relations in children and adults–including aged adults, and children with developmental disabilities like autism and ADHD. The $2.3 million center, funded by the Georgia State University Research Foundation, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the Georgia Research Alliance through the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, is housed in a 6,000 square-foot facility on Marietta Street, just two miles from the GSU psychology department. The CABI features a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system rated at 3 Tesla, which provides the power to observe details of electrical impulses and pathways in the brain. Other neuroimaging technologies such as transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial Doppler sonography, as well as eye-tracking and numerous other psychophysiological techniques, will be used by CABI scientists from Georgia State, Georgia Tech, and other institutions.
The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) is a consortium of more than 90 researchers at eight Atlanta institutions examining the neural mechanisms underlying complex social behaviors. The social behaviors that are essential for species survival, such as fear, affiliation, aggression, and reproductive behaviors, are the next frontier for neuroscience. The research efforts are complemented by an educational program designed to integrate scientific progress into the curricula of students at all levels. The CBN is a National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology and Center.
The Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning (CRADL) is an interdisciplinary center founded in 1998 that stimulates basic and applied research and facilitates educational and outreach efforts. CRADL’s faculty represent a broad span of academic orientations including developmental, clinical and educational psychology, neuropsychology, special education, and speech-language pathology. CRADL and its faculty coordinate and support scholarly efforts that focus on gaining a fuller understanding of atypical development and learning processes from birth through adolescence.
Georgia State University’s Center for Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy promotes interdisciplinary research and education in the oral and written dimensions of language acquisition; these skills are essential for the creation of life-long competencies in language and communication. The center, which was launched in 2008, was formed from faculty across two colleges and 10 departments who have as their central interest in the basic and applied research issues in language and literacy acquisition.
The Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence aims to promote collaboration and interdisciplinary scholarship that addresses the causes, effects, treatment, and prevention of all types of violence, including (but not limited to) intimate partner violence, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, bullying, physical child abuse, and violent crime. The Center fosters collaborative research teams among core faculty and other Georgia State scholars to create innovative and impactful scholarships that will advance our understanding of the etiology and prevention of interpersonal violence.
Advanced imaging technology has provided scientists with unprecedented access to the living brain. The Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science (TReNDS) is a collaboration among Georgia State, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, and is focused on making better use of complex brain imaging data through improved analysis, with a goal of identifying biomarkers that can help address brain health and disease.
Georgia State University and around the world conduct cognitive, biobehavioral, social and cultural research with bonobos (Pan paniscus), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), monkeys (Macaca mulatta) and human adults and children. Located on a wooded 55-acre facility south of Atlanta, the LRC is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies. The varied research programs in learning, memory, attention, executive functioning, problem-solving, spatial cognition, numerical reasoning, categorization, tool making and use, and communication find convergence under the LRC motto: “So that together we might learn of language.” David Washburn, director.
The Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG) has established three Regents Centers for Learning Disorders (RCLDs) for the provision of assessment, resources, and research related to students who have learning disorders that impact academic, cognitive and/or behavioral/emotional functioning. Each RCLD is responsible for serving designated colleges and universities within a geographic region. The RCLDs were created in response to a need to establish uniformity across the colleges and universities in the USG in the identification of students with learning disorders.
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