Monica Rosselli heads the Neuropsychology laboratory at FAU. Neuropsychology studies brain organization of behavior and cognitive functioning. There are different techniques used in neuropsychology research. Some of the commonest techniques are tests of cognitive ability. These tests are thought to tap various cognitive functions such as verbal ability, visuospatial skills, and memory and which might also be sensitive to brain injury. For example, patients with damage in the medial temporal lobe might perform poorly in memory tests. The study of patients with brain lesions has provided an invaluable source of information regarding the relationship between brain and behavior.
The neuropsychology laboratory at FAU conducts research and provides graduate training in human neuropsychology. The laboratory has collaborative research with the FAU Memory Disorder Clinic in Boca Raton and with the neuropsychology department at Mount Sinai Hospital-University of Miami, FL. The topics under investigation in the neuropsychology laboratory are: (1) neuropsychological performance of chronic cocaine users; (2) the neuropsychology of Alzheimer disease; (3) the influence of cultural factors in the assessment of dementia, and (4) the influence of bilingualism in neuropsychological test performance.