Established in 2015, the NeuroTech Lab is one of the core research laboratories in the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University. The NeuroTech Lab encompasses faculty and students united by a common interest in the impact of violence and trauma on human behavior in underrepresented populations, with the purpose to develop technical solutions that improves the lives of these individuals, their families, and their communities.
Our methods are inherently interdisciplinary, and as such members of the research lab have backgrounds in the disciplines of motor control, biomechanics, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and engineering. Moreover, research members of the NeuroTech Lab are involved in collaborative work with other faculties, institutes, and departments at SF State, and with researchers and engineers located across the country and around the world. This interdisciplinary cooperation enables us to examine issues from multiple perspectives and allows for a richer understanding of human behavior.
Current projects include:
- Understanding the relationship between intimate partner violence and traumatic brain injury in order to develop an inexpensive and portable (mTBI) assessment in this population of abused women
- Examining the development of proprioceptive acuity across the lifespan
- Developing a low-cost portable tool for the assessment of motor dysfunction after neurological insult (e.g., stroke, cerebral palsy)
- Elucidating the link between child maltreatment and aggression profiles in females
Researchers in the NeuroTech Lab provide training in a variety of modern behavioral and technological techniques necessary to approach questions of interest. To support this work, the NeuroTech Lab contains a wide range of biomechanical equipment including:
- Eight-camera Vicon motion analysis system
- Virtual reality system
- Ten wireless inertial measurement units
- Myo gesture control armbands
- Plato vision occlusion goggles
- LulzBot TAZ 5 3D printer
Integration of these technologies allow us to study the interplay between the central and peripheral nervous systems in a variety of external environments.