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Lab team photoA participant receiving neurofeedback training.Our research coordinator, Veronic Gandara, placing EEG cap on our participant, preparing them for neurofeedback traning.Research assistant, Beverly Castillo, administering the MCCB, one of three neuropsychological tests used by our lab.

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Welcome to the Functional Neuroscience Lab!

Our research program is devoted to developing direct brain treatments that target neural networks, rather than symptoms in neuropsychiatric disorders. In our current studies, we are studying the effects of EEG-Neurofeedback on working memory in individuals with schizophrenia and those with mild cognitive impairment.

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a form of self-regulation. It provides a participant with current information regarding his/her brain activity. During weekly training, participants watch their results and work to modulate their brain activity to reach a set goal. Neurofeedback has been used across a wide range of disorders. In our lab, we use scalp electrical activity (EEG) to monitor brain function. Feedback is provided to improve working memory. To learn more about EEG-Neurofeedback and the treatment used in our lab, visit our publications page.

Participate in Our Research

The Functional Neuroscience Lab is currently recruiting participants for the following studies:

  • Neurofeedback Training for Individuals with Schizophrenia

  • Neurofeedback Training for Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Participant involvement in our studies plays a significant role in  allowing us to fulfill our mission and answer critical questions about neuropsychiatric disorders. Deciding to be a part of a research study is a step towards helping the scientific community gain further knowledge about a multitude of disorders. As a result, we are able to discover novel treatments and improve the lives of many.

Thank you to all of our past and current participants. Your time commitment and dedication to our lab is greatly appreciated!

To learn if you are eligible and would like to become a part of our study, contact us here.

Recent Updates

  • Our team is working hard to abide by all of UC San Diego's health regulations, allowing us to continue our research through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Participant safety is ensured through daily screening questions before entering the lab site, wearing masks at all times, and frequent cleaning of all materials and areas used during the session.                

  • As of now, our lab is administering EEG-Neurofeedback to individuals with schizophrenia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The study is a part of a larger effort within the UCSD Mental Health Technology Center to leverage technological innovations in mental health treatment.