Aging Brain and Cognition Laboratory (ABC Lab)

Welcome to the Aging Brain and Cognition Laboratory!

The ABC Lab is part of the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.  Dr. Yang Jiang, Associate Professor, is the principal investigator of the ABC lab.  Our 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). Our laboratory is using approaches of behavior and cognitive neuroscience, such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Event-Related Potentials (ERPs), and Magnetoencephalography (MEG).

We collaborate closely with colleagues at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, the MRI Center (MRISC), and Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation.  Feel free to browse through our website to find out more about our research.  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 8th, 2021.

1st Place Prize, $500    Tharunika Venkatesan, ABC lab, Behavioral Sci. Dept. College of Medicine

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”.