The Cognition and Action Neuroimaging Lab (CANLab) focuses on how actions affect cognition.

Our interactions with the world rely on actions: therefore, our perceptions not only drive action, but are also driven by action. This interaction shapes and changes cognition.  In the CANLab, we study how our actions with the environment, such as how we handle objects or learn words for objects and actions, affect our ideas and memory.  Much of the research in the CANLab uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as a tool for investigating neural processing during learning throughout the life span. We also study the effects of action on object knowledge, categorization and word learning during the early years of cognitive development.


Read more about our ongoing and past research projects.


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Cognition & Action Neuroimaging Lab | 1101 E. 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405 | (812)856-7237 |