About the Olson Lab

Dr. Ingrid Olson’s cognitive neuroscience laboratory studies memory, decision making, social cognition, and the intersection of these processes. To do this, we use a variety of methods including structural and functional MRI and network connectivity.


Current Research Projects

We are using longitudinal behavioral sampling and high-resolution brain imaging techniques to measure how component parts of episodic memory change in young children. This work is done in collaboration with Dr. Nora Newcombe.

Social knowledge is used to guide our everyday interactions with other people and to guide the predictions we make about their future behavior. We are interested in understanding the neural foundation for how we remember other people and the relationships between people. Our current work uses representational similarity analysis (RSA) and diffusion imaging to understand large-scale structure networks. This work is done in collaboration with Dr. Yin Wang and Dr. Jamie Reilly.

This new line of work is focused on the modulatory role of the cerebellum on mood and social behavior.

This study is focused on measuring changes in brain white matter following sports-related concussions. We are collaborating with Dr. Tania Giovannetti on this project.

This work will measure neural markers of vascular disease (white matter hyperintensities) and changes in white matter microstructure, especially in the fornix, that accompany normal and pathological aging. This work is done in collaboration with Dr. Nadine Martin.