Aging Brain and Cognition Laboratory (ABC Lab)

Welcome to the Aging Brain and Cognition (ABC) Laboratory.

The ABC lab is part of the department of behavioral science at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Yang Jiang, PhD, professor, is the principal investigator of the ABC lab. The lab's research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms underlying perception, cognition, and affect in healthy and clinical populations (e.g. patients with mild cognitive impairment or traumatic brain injury). The laboratory is using approaches of behavior and cognitive neuroscience, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), event-related potentials (ERPs), and magnetoencephalography (MEG).

The ABC team collaborates closely with colleagues at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, the MRI Center (MRISC), and Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation. Check out the Publications and Research pages to learn more about past studies, visit the People page to get to know the ABC lab staff members, or look at the Volunteer page to discover how to be a part of the exciting work going on here at the ABC lab.  


Congratulations to Tharunika Venkatesan, the 1st Place winner in the 4th Annual CCTS "60-second Poster Pitch" Competition.

The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship hosted the 4th Annual "60-second Poster Pitch" Competition in collaboration with the CCTS Spring Research Conference on April 8, 2021. Click here to read more.  

Graduating Senior Uses UK Research Experience to Eradicate Malaria

Congratulations to Esias Bedingar for being awarded the Presidential Scholarship of Harvard University!

Esias Bedingar is a winner of the Outstanding Poster Award at the annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Nov. 3, 2017.  He also presented, at the Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience in Washington DC, the work titled “Vascular risks in older adults are correlated with brainwave patterns of learning and memory”, co-authored with  L. Broster, E. Abner, X. Zhao, J. Li, G. Jicha, R. Kryscio, F. Schmitt, C. Smith, D. Wilcock, & Y. Jiang

Benjamin Wagner, successfully presented a poster titled: “Reduced frontal cortical responses in individuals with mTBI or PTSD during working memory,” at 2017 Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience in Washington DC, co-authored with High, W, Mcllwrath, SL, Stout, M, Broster, SL, Lipsky, Leonessa, R, F., Grimes, J. B., Ling, J, Ecklund, J, & Y. Jiang

Starting July 2017, Luke will be a medical resident in Psychiatry in the University of California, San Francisco. 

Congratulations to Lucas Broster, MD & PhD!

Lucas Broster, Poster Award Winner, 2015 BGSFN Spring Neuroscience Day, presented by Lucas S Broster, (MD/PhD candidate) “Emotional enhancement effects in patients with mild cognitive impairment”.