The Vision & Cognition Laboratory is directed by Alice Cronin-Golomb, PhD.
The principal focus of her research is determining the factors that influence visual cognition in normal aging and age-related neurological disease.
Dr. Cronin-Golomb, her students, and research associates investigate perception and cognition in normal aging and a variety of neurological populations, with a special emphasis on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
What do we study?
Some of our lab members and their primary research areas are listed below. Please see individual lab members’ web pages for more information on their studies, and see a list of our recent publications.
- Investigating the functional mechanisms underlying a hemineglect-like syndrome that occurs in some parkinson’s patients: Dan Norton
- Visuospatial functioning: Mirella Diaz-Santos
- Relation of vision and spatial navigation: Deepti Putcha, Abhishek Jaywant
- Biological motion and visual-motor rehabilitation: Abhishek Jaywant
- Parkinson’s and mood/emotion: Gretchen Reynolds
- Epidemiological factors and cognitive biomarkers: Erica Appleman
- Relation of cognition and spatial navigation: Rob Salazar
- Parkinson’s and sleep disturbance: Jade Wu
- Relation of retinal structure and function to visuospatial function: Laura Pistorino
Who participates in our studies?
Primarily, our studies involve individuals who have been diagnosed with one of the disorders or conditions listed above (for example, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, etc.). We also seek healthy people aged 45 and older who do not have major neurological or other major health problems. These ‘control’ participants serve as an important reference, allowing us to know if test performance in our target population is, or is not, a normal aspect of growing older.
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What have we learned so far?
Research from our laboratory has been presented at national and international professional conferences and published in numerous peer-reviewed scientific journals. See a list of our recent publications here.
The lab is grateful for support from many sources, including the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (A. Cronin-Golomb, Diaz-Santos, D. Norton, A. Jaywant), and Boston University’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (N. Desai).