Our lab is very well known for it use of event-related potentials (ERPs), small electrical signals that are extracted from EEG recordings. We make extensive use of ERPs in our research on attention, working memory, and schizophrenia. In addition to using ERPs in our research, we also spend substantial time and effort developing and promoting ERP methods. We lead the ERP Boot Camp a 10-day summer workshop on ERPs that brings 35 grad students, postdocs, and faculty from around the world to Davis every year for advanced training in ERP methods. We are also the developers of ERPLAB Toolbox, an open source Matlab toolbox that is used worldwide for the processing and analysis of ERP data.
Our lab also makes extensive use of other methods. For example, we have developed behavioral and psychophysical procedures and quantitative models that are widely used to study visual working memory and related topics. We also make extensive use of eye tracking, and we have a major line of research on transcranial DC brain stimulation. Our goal is always to use the best method to answer the question of interest.
Key Methodology Publications (grad students and postdocs shown in boldface)
- Luck, S. J. (2005). Ten simple rules for designing ERP experiments. In T. C. Handy (Ed.), Event-Related Potentials: A Methods Handbook (pp. 17-32). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Kappenman, E. S., & Luck, S. J. (2010). The effects of electrode impedance on data quality and statistical significance in ERP recordings. Psychophysiology, 47, 888-904.
- Luck, S. J., Mathalon, D. H., O'Donnell, B. F., Spencer, K. M., Javitt, D. C., Ulhaaus, P. F., & Hämäläinen, M. S. (2011). A roadmap for the development and validation of ERP biomarkers in schizophrenia research. Biological Psychiatry, 70, 28-34.
- Luck, S. J. & Kappenman, E.S. (Eds.) (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Event-Related Potential Components. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Luck, S. J. (2012). Event-related potentials. In H. Cooper, P. M. Camic, D. L. Long, A. T. Panter, D. Rindskopf & K. J. Sher (Eds.), APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology: Volume 1, Foundations, Planning, Measures, and Psychometrics (pp. 523-546). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
- Lopez-Calderon, J., & Luck, S. J. (2014). ERPLAB: An open-source toolbox for the analysis of event-related potentials. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8(213), 1-14.
- Luck, S.J. (2014). An Introduction to the Event-Related Potential Technique, Second Edition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Luck, S. J., & Kappenman, E. S. (in press). Electroencephalography and Event-Related Brain Potentials. In J. T. Cacioppo, L. G. Tassinary & G. G. Berntson (Eds.), Handbook of Psychophysiology, 4th Edition. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Tanner, D., Morgan-Short, K., & Luck, S. J. (in press). How inappropriate high-pass filters can produce artifactual effects and incorrect conclusions in ERP studies of language and cognition. Psychophysiology, 52, 997-1009.