Welcome to the Ofen Lab


Winter 2023

Congratulations to Dr. Qin Yin!

Qin has recently successfully defended her dissertation titled "Occipitotemporal Alpha and Theta Dynamics Supporting Memory Formation in the Developing Brain".

We are lucky to have Qin rejoin us as a postdoc for the coming months and can't wait to see  what the future holds for her research and contributions to our team.

Congratulations to James for completing his Honors Thesis!

In his Honors thesis, titled: "Assessing Memory-related Differences in Functional Brain Connectivity in the Hippocampus and Cortical Regions Across Development" James integrated data from multiple projects he conducted while working as an undergraduate research volunteer at the Ofen Lab. 

Outreach, outreach, outreach!

The Ofen lab has been hard at work spreading the love for brain research and cognitive neuroscience around metro Detroit. We run several demos and explanation stations in Future Docs and Brain Day events in mid-March and joined STEM Day at Wayne State in late April. Special kudos go to Da' Jonae Foster for taking the bulk of organizing and running the activities. As you can see--- fun was had by all!


 for Cognitive and Brain Development at Wayne State University!

Members of the Ofen Lab

Our main research goals involve testing developmental effects in a wide variety of memory paradigms, such as recall and recognition, associative memory and emotional memory. We are also interested in the effects of cognitive control, executive functions, and growth in knowledge base on memory development.

Our studies use extensive behavioral assessments, neuroimaging protocols looking at the structure and the function of the brain, genetic information and longitudinal designs to allow multidimensional characterization of memory development.

We are part of Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience Research Program and are affiliated with the Institute of Gerontology, the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute of Child and Family Development, and the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine.


Research Areas