Stephen F. Austin State University

Human Neuroscience Laboratory

Human Neuroscience Laboratory (HNL)

The Human Neuroscience Laboratory (HNL) is a state-of-the-art research, teaching and service facility dedicated to studying the ways that the human brain supports human behavior. Accordingly, the HNL goal is to create and apply brain-behavior knowledge that will illuminate individual differences in sensation and perception, learning skills, copying strategies as well as physical and mental capabilities of individuals. To reach this goal, the HNL uses principles of neuroscience, broadly speaking, to aid in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of different physical and mental pathologies.

The HNL equipments can be used to study virtually any condition affecting the human central and peripheral nervous system. In fact, HNL projects span to a broad spectrum of topics, including attention deficit and hyperactivity, dyslexia, agraphia, acute and chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, eating disorders, addiction, sleep disorders among others. *Equipments in the HNL include:

  1. Quantitaitive electrencephalography (qEEG) for generating color coding brain maps and event related potentials.
  2. Measures of sympathetic nervous system activation including galvanic skin response (GSR), cardiac recording, temperature recording and tactile response.
  3. Neuropsychological tests for attention, executive function, language, visual perception and motor and memory.
  4. Visual, auditory and tactile evoked potential recorders.
  5. Eye tracking and coordination measures.
  6. Neurofeedback and biofeedback training equipment.

*All equipment is in sound shielded and electrically shielded rooms for maximum recording and analysis.

The HNL is open to students and faculty/researchers to conduct research projects. Indeed, the primary purpose of the lab is to provide students and faculty/researchers with the opportunity to participate in collaborative research and service that involves brain-behavior interactions. This pertains to basic and applied research as well as projects in collaboration with clinical faculty, to allow students and faculty/researchers explore the neural bases of human normal function and dysfunction.

In its suite within the Human Service Building, the HNL can host open-house events for community visitors, and has the potential to help provide brain based services directly to community individuals and groups. In this way, HNL can help SFA extend its education mission to reach and serve the greater East Texas community.

The HNL is directed by Dr. Luis Aguerrevere. Dr. Aguerrevere graduated from the University of New Orleans in Applied Biopsychology and has published a number of manuscripts in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Aguerrevere interests are on understanding the neuropsychological factors that contribute to the prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and chronic pain.