The Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory consists of three laboratories devoted to the housing of zebrafish (Danio rerio) and the behavioral testing of adult and larval zebrafish. The facility contains a bench-top Aquatic Habitats fish housing system as well as several standard aquariums capable of housing several hundred fish. The behavioral testing areas are equipped with a SMART automatic tracking system to monitor adult and larval swimming behavior. The laboratories also have capabilities to measure various types of learning and memory tasks, including a plus-maze and t-maze with an enriched chamber. The Behavioral Neuroscience laboratory, together with facilities housed within the Biology Program in Reem Kayden Center for Science and Computation (RKC), have the capabilities for genetic and molecular studies of brain and behavior. The facilities in RKC include an Aquatic Habitats fish housing system, a microinjection system for injection substances, including morpholinos, into newly fertilized zebrafish eggs. Together, these resources allow for studies ranging from gene regulation across the spectrum to behavior.
The Social Psychology Lab is a group of faculty and students who meet regularly to discuss current research and ongoing projects in Social Psychology. The lab has a particular focus on implicit social cognition - the study of attitudes, identities and beliefs that exist outside of conscious awareness yet influence behavior in unintentional and automatic ways. We investigate the fundamental ways in which such cognitions operate: how do they form, and how are they connected? At the same time, we are interested in ways in which such cognitions operate in the real world, and how an understanding of them can be applied to domains outside of the lab.
The Cognitive Research Lab at Bard College gives students the opportunity to help with ongoing research in semantics and sentence processing. Students may also use the facilities to pursue independent research in Cognitive Psychology, Linguistics and Psychophysiology.
The Developmental Psychology Lab at Bard College studies the social-cognitive thinking of preschool-aged children. Children between the ages of 2 and 6 come to our laboratory to participate in studies designed to test their understanding of other people’s thinking, their memory, their self-knowledge, and their perspective-taking. These studies are designed to be fun and interesting to children, and undergraduate participants in the lab will work closely with participating children (and their families) to implement existing research protocols, design new and creative protocols targeting these developing skills, and network in the community to broaden our recruitment base of participating families.