Lab Phone: 217-300-1464
University of Birmingham
Lab Phone: 217-300-2530
Babak grew up and went to college in Iran, where he received a B.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of Tehran. He then completed an M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at Brown University in 2021. Having started a 3-year Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in January 2022, he studies how social information is internalized and negotiated with other community members using theory-driven but AI-aided text analysis, neuroimaging, and behavioral experiments. He is particularly interested in the causal and narrative frames for organizing and communication information. Current projects include neuroimaging investigations of the interplay between causal inference and executive functions, longitudinal analysis of Reddit discourse about marijuana legalization using modern neural networks, and evaluation of social biases in text generation.
Air Force Research Laboratory
Aron Keith Barbey is the Mildred Francis Thompson Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, and the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He began his career at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2011, where he was promoted to full professor in 2019. Dr. Barbey’s research investigates the neural mechanisms of human intelligence and decision making, with particular emphasis on enhancing these functions through cognitive neuroscience, physical fitness, and nutritional intervention. His research has been supported by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the White House BRAIN Initiative, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and private industry (Abbott Nutrition, Google Brain, and PepsiCo). Dr. Barbey has received multiple research awards and is the editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence and Cognitive Neuroscience and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Enhancement and Brain Plasticity. He earned his doctorate in Psychology from Emory University and completed a research fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health.
Director, Center for Brain, Biology & Behavior
Mildred Francis Thompson Professor, Department of Psychology
Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Decision Neuroscience Laboratory
Center for Brain, Biology & Behavior
C89 East Stadium
Lincoln, NE 68588
The Decision Neuroscience Laboratory provides ample opportunity for the development of innovative, focused research and a broad collaborative cognitive neuroscience experience through affiliations with the Center for Brain, Biology & Behavior, the Nebraska Athletics Performance Laboratory, and the Department of Psychology.