Brain Dynamics Laboratory

Welcome to the Brain Dynamics Laboratory

The Brain Dynamics Laboratory uses a multidisciplinary approach to study brain dynamics in social species. Our specialty is in the impact of emotions on brain health and human performance, and our laboratory is a hub for cutting-edge social neuroscience research.

Team Science

The Brain Dynamics community is proud to collaborate with others throughout the world.

Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo, Ph.D.

Letter from the Director:

Social neuroscience is the interdisciplinary academic field devoted to understanding how biological systems implement social processes and behavior, and how these social structures and processes impact the brain and biology.

As neuroscience matures, it has become increasingly apparent that we need to inspire local youth by sharing and teaching them all we know about our science. Our mission is to make an impact in the lives of young people and help build a scientific community through immersive learning. We hope to serve as an interdisciplinary, distributed gathering place to advance and foster scientific training and applications in the field for the sake of unlimited humankind.

The University of Chicago Brain Dynamics Laboratory has partnered with the Research Computing Center for several years to help teach local youth how the brain works and inspire them to think big and better understand the unlimited power of the human mind. 

– Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo, Ph.D.


As of November 1st 2017, the High-Performance Electrical Neuroimaging Laboratory (HPEN) has been converted to the Brain Dynamics Laboratory to better reflect the full range of of methods that are used and the questions that are addressed in the lab. For instance, methods used include:

  • High-Performance Electrical Neuroimaging (HPEN)
  • Eye-tracking
  • Psychophysics
  • Neuropsychopharmacology
  • fMRI analysis

Research Opportunities

If you would like to be involved in research at the Brain Dynamics Laboratory, contact us!

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Social Science Fair

Social Science Fair

We are beyond excited to invite you to the 10th anniversary of the non-profit Society for Social Neuroscience that will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry on October 17th, 2019. Social neuroscience is the interdisciplinary academic field devoted to...


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