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Dr. Scott F. Stoltenberg directs the BGL and is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Stoltenberg's office (C82) and genotyping lab (C60) are now located in Memorial Stadium in the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3). Our behavioral data collection lab is still currently in Burnett 215.
Research in the BGL seeks to characterize the role of genetic variation on individual differences in health-risk behaviors. We focus on genes that influence the function of neurotransmitter systems and on behavioral traits, such as impulsivity, that increase risk for behavioral problems.
Studies in the BGL have examined phenotypes such as alcohol problems, substance use, eating problems, risky driving, decision-making and gambling. In general, we ue a candidate gene association study approach with non-clinical populations (i.e. college students) as study participants.
We also use control system modeling to better understand how genetic variation at multiple system components affects neurotransmitter system function. Our work crosses levels of analysis and spans several areas of psychology including, but not limited to, neuroscience, cognitive, personality and clinical to address important questions about genetic influences on behavior.
We are currently recruiting potential graduate students to join the lab in the Fall of 2014. We are especially interested in students who have experience in one or more of these areas: (1) fMRI/EEG, (2) alcohol administration studies, (3) eye-tracking, (4) experimental social psychology or (5) genotyping. If you have experience in any of these areas and are interested in risk taking, impulsivity, addiction, or the influence of emotion on cognitive control and would like to consider joining the BGL, please contact Dr. Stoltenberg (email@example.com) to discuss the opportunity.