Lab Spotlight: The Geier Lab

Students outside of Geier LabResearch in The Geier Lab for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Addiction is focused on understanding the links between brain development and behavior during adolescence. Recent work published from the lab has examined the effects of smoking abstinence on reward processing in the brains of smokers and on motivated cognition in daily smokers. We have also explored differences in the processing of rewards in the brain across development as well as differences between late adolescent smokers and non-smokers in their perceptions of the causes and consequences of cigarette smoking.

It’s been a very busy year in the Geier Lab. All four graduate students (David, Nicole, Roisin, & Jess,) received travel grants from the Office of Global Programs at Penn State to present research at the 2015 Flux Congress in The Netherlands. Nicole and Jess, who are working in collaboration with Dr. Kathleen Keller (Department of Nutritional Sciences), were both awarded SEED Grants through the USDA funded Childhood Obesity Prevention Training Program to examine eating behaviors in healthy weight and overweight adolescents using behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques. Roisin has been working in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Wilson (Department of Psychology) on an innovative project utilizing real-time fMRI neurofeedback techniques in smokers. David was awarded an International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD) fellowship and, as part of this, will be spending summer 2016 working in Dr. Eveline Crone’s laboratory at Leiden University in The Netherlands.

These are just a few of the highlights and recent on-goings in our lab. Be sure to check our lab website ( for more updates, news, and publications!