Joy Hirsch PhD | Director, Brain Function Lab, Dept. of Psychiatry, Yale University, New Haven, CT 

Joy Hirsch directs the Brain Function Lab, Dept. of Psychiatry at Yale University Medical Center. The Brain Function Lab is expanding the paradigm from a single-brain frame-of-reference to a multi-brain frame-of-reference. The investigation of neural adaptations specialized for brain-to-brain/person-to-person communications is a largely unexplored. For these investigations both near-infrared spectroscopy, NIRS, and electroencephalography, EEG, are acquired simultaneously on multiple individuals to record local BOLD signals as well as electromagnetic waveforms using surface optodes/detectors, respectively.These advances build upon theoretical, technical, and methodological foundations of behavioral and fMRI studies in the laboratory, and open a window-of-opportunity to investigate the neural correlates of dynamic interactions between individuals under natural conditions. The Brain Function Lab is currently focused on specific studies of the dynamic coalitions and neural operations that regulate inter-personal dialog and social interactions including conflict, conflict resolution, cooperation, and competition.                            


J. Adam Noah PhD | Associate Research Scientist, Brain Function Lab, Yale University, New Haven, CT 

Adam Noah, formerly at the ADAM Center, is now at the Brain Function Lab. He investigates the effect of virtual reality training on various healthy and neurologically impaired populations. Analyses include behavioral and neural techniques including fMRI and fNIRS.




Yumie Ono PhD | Associate Professor, Health Science and Medical Engineering Laboratory, Dept. of Physiology and Neuroscience, School of Science and Technology, Meiji University, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan

Yumie Ono conducts research on neural activity using fMRI, fNIRS, MEG, and EEG in human subjects as well as animals. Her current research interest is to elucidate mechanisms of behavior and cognitive function using multimodal brain-imaging tools. 




James Shippen PhD, CEng | Director, Advanced Digitising and Modelling Laboratory, Dept. of Industrial Design, Coventry University, UK

James Shippen's research includes biomechanical analysis in product design, motion capture and analysis, control of human movement, and development of mathematical modeling software.





David Spierer, EdD | Associate Professor, Div. Athletic Training, Health and Exercise Science, Long Island University Brooklyn, NY  

David Spierer conducts research in exercise physiology and sports training.






Atsumichi Tachibana PhD |  Assistant Professor, Dept of Histology and Physiology, Dokkyo Medical University, Tochigi, Japan

Atsumichi Tachibana has conducted extensive neuroscience research in animal models. His human research has investigated neural testing in dementia and more recently, the utilization of fNIRS to understand human behavior and cognitive processing.





Xian Zhang PhD | Associate Research Scientist, Brain Function Lab, Yale University, New Haven, CT 

Xian Zhang is currently investigating human decision making at Yale. He studies dynamic game theory mathematic models in video game-play.

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