Research


In addition to creating scholarships and academic awards to students in the growing field of the brain sciences, we are also directly involved with research through our founder Adam K. Baker and the various neuroscience labs he is working in. The Research Division of Brodmann Enterprises, under the supervision of neuroscience researcher Adam K. Baker, seeks to explore novel and interesting new avenues of research in Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience.

Below are just a few of the current projects Brodmann Enterprises is involved with.

 

Electrophysiological Differences in Gender Stereotype Processing Between Liberals and Conservatives

Baker, A.K., Baker, T.E., Liotti, M., Fuji-Johnson, G., (in prep). Electrophysiological Differences in Gender Stereotype Processing between Liberals and Conservatives. .

jjIn recent years, neuroscientists and political scientists have observed personality and cognitive differences modulated by the divergence of political attitudes (e.g. liberalism and conservatism). As such, liberals have shown greater openness and responsiveness to new ideas and experiences, whereas conservatives exhibit a more structured and tenacious mode of thinking. As a corollary, event-related potentials (ERPs) have been used to highlight these neurocognitive differences in political attitudes, as well as examining the neural mechanisms underlying social behavior such as stereotyping. Here, we amalgamate this work by using ERPs and behavioral assays of gender stereotyping, together with questionnaires about political orientation, to examine the neural and cognitive mechanisms of stereotype processing, and how the divergence of political attitudes mediates gender stereotype processing. Our investigation revealed distinct behavioral and spatiotemporal differences in the processing and integration of gender stereotype word-pairs between liberals and conservatives; bolstering the utility of ERPs to investigate the social and political brain. (Results to be released soon! In submission process)

 

Congratulations and special thanks to Susanna Piasecki and Brendan Torok (RA’s) for taking the lead and presenting our research at NOWCAM 2016, UBC!

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Paracingulate Sulcus: Is Two Better Than One?

Baker, T.E., Miron, J.P., Baker, A.K., Mahu, T., Conrod., P., the IMAGEN consortium. (in prep). Paracingulate Sulcus: Is two better than one?

1430793057086 (1)Research Center of CHU Saint-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, University of Montreal. Here, under the supervision of Dr. Travis E. Baker (post-doc in Patricia ConrodLaboratory), I was involved in genetic and neuroimaging data coding for a research project investigating reinforcement-related behavior and risk taking in normal brain function and psychopathology in teenagers and the impact of single and double paracingulate sulci on cognition.