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Dedicated to the scientific discovery of the body-brain connection

The mission of the Embodied Brain Lab (EBL) is to harness the power of the body and mind to improve brain function and physiology in both healthy and clinical populations. We utilize a range of mind-body-movement practices including dance, yoga, and meditation to examine ways to improve mood, memory, and social interactions.

Our research has 2 main goals:

1)  To identify the neural and behavioral mechanisms through which mind-body-movement practices optimize brain health and wellness

2) To identify the neural and behavioral mechanisms that optimize motivational engagement in physical activity and other health behaviors

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DIRECTOR

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Julia C. Basso 

PhD, CYT

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech

Affiliate Professor, School of Neuroscience, Virginia Tech

Fellow, Center for Health Behaviors Research, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion

CURRENT LAB MEMBERS

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Chelsea Buhler

Doctoral Student

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Alana Smith

Doctoral Student

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Noor Tasnim

Doctoral Student

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Daphne Gyamfi

Laboratory Manager

Affiliated Graduate Students:

Candy Beers-Kim; Joanna Culligan

Undergraduate Students:

Tishya Anand; Kayla Bernstein; Katie Duffett; Bevan Forrest; Kaitlyn Irons; Krishna Makani; Donya Shahamati  

High School Students:

Lyat Melese; Luke Pasquerella

MAJOR COLLABORATORS

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Daniel English

PhD

Principal Investigator

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RESEARCH TECHNIQUES

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Our laboratory studies the body-brain connection from the level of circuit physiology in rodents to human behavior and neural oscillations. We specialize in electrophysiological recordings and inter-brain synchrony to examine dynamic social interactions between humans.

THE BRAIN ON DANCE:
   LIL BUCK AND MEMPHIS JOOKIN'

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FEATURED PODCAST

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017_Dance_Julia_Basso_FINAL_FIXED_againDr. Julia Basso
00:00 / 25:35

"Dancer and neuroscientist Julia Basso, PhD, wants us all to dance -- together or separately, it's all good. Dancing with a partner creates a synchrony that's remarkably like that between a mother and infant, and even dancing alone benefits body and brain alike. Find out how dance produces new neurons and engages brain processes, and why it is that joyful movement optimizes brain function. Plus... Dance for Parkinson's Disease!"

At the Embodied Brain Laboratory, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community of scientists that believe in the following ideas.

Science is real
Science is real

Science is real

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Black lives matter
Black lives matter
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Women's rights
Women's rights
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Diversity
Diversity
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Equity
Equity
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Inclusion
Inclusion
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Love is love
Love is love
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Mental health
Mental health
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Disability allyship
Disability allyship
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NEWS

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