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Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory  

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Pictured (L to R): Amber McManus, Alana Rosa, Priti Patel, Sarah Key, Cristina Blanco, Dr. Kate Holland, Angela Steele, Brie Coleman, and Amy Baker

Dr. Holland's psychology students presented their research in two posters at the Carolina Women’s Health Research Forum in Columbia, SC, in Fall 2014. 

The Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory is located in  Bradley 206.  The lab is under my direction and there are between 2-4 undergraduate lab assistants working on scientific projects over the course of a semester.  We use a variety of psychophysiological and neuropsychological methods and techniques such as quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG), heart rate and blood pressure measures, and a number of neuropsychological tests. 

The mainstay of my research approach involves scientific inquiry using a functional cerebral systems approach.  Developed by Luria (1973), this approach emphasizes that interconnected regions of the brain are active to varying degrees depending on the requirements of the task that is being performed.  Understanding how areas in the left and right hemispheres are used when performing as task is instrumental in determining the underpinnings of behavioral and physiological differences in groups of people.  The ongoing research projects in our lab are aimed at examining differences in the way brain areas are recruited between men and women, college-aged and middle-aged individuals, and those with and without Type II diabetes. 

A variety of opportunities are available to undergraduate students through participation in the lab, and involvement in Psi Beta and the Psychology Club.  Please see the links to the left if you are interested in becoming involved in these organizations. 

For those of you in the USCL and Lancaster community, we are always looking for a helping hand!  If you are interested in helping us know more about how the brain works, please see the link to the left that outlines the projects that we are recruiting participants for. 

Contact Information:
Kate Holland, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of South Carolina Lancaster
476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster, SC 29720
PHONE: (803) 313-7454  |  FAX: (803) 313-7106
akhollan@mailbox.sc.edu

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