Human Performance Laboratory

Sandia’s Human Performance Lab is home to numerous capabilities for conducting cognitive neuroscience research. The lab’s resources include 64- and 128-channel EEG systems, a 16-channel portable EEG system, eye tracking systems, and a transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) system. In addition to our in-house capabilities, we have access to other neuroimaging methods through our university partners. Past and present collaborators include the University of New Mexico, the Mind Research Network, the University of Illinois, Georgia Tech, and the Center for the Advanced Study of Language.

Past and ongoing projects supported by the Human Performance Lab

  • Training and expert/novice differences
    • Using cognitive neuroscience methods to monitor and enhance learning
  • Visual Cognition
    • Studying development of expertise in professional analysts
    • Informing the design of scalable human-computer imagery analysis systems
  • Memory
    • Enhancing memory performance through cognitive training or transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
    • Using EEG to assess encoding effectiveness and predict future memory performance
  • Human-system interaction
    • Cognitive Work Analysis and Cognitive Task Analysis
    • Developing and assessing software tools and interaction modes for analysts
  • Team Cognition
    • Assessing individual and team performance on complex real-world tasks using instrumented environments and cognitive assessments