Welcome to the Lab.

The primary research interests of the Baugh Lab are examining the cognitive and neuropsychological foundations of skilled movement, and deficits in such movement that can arise both from healthy again and neurological damage. Without the ability to act upon our thoughts and ideas, via interacting with our environment, our cognition would serve little purpose. Our lab examines questions related to how our brain represents and utilizes the information required to successfully interact with our surroundings. This question is of fundamental importance, bridging the gap between the brain and the outside world. To accomplish this goal, the lab utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach that includes traditional cognitive psychology methodology, as well as neuropsychological patient investigation, fMRI, EEG, EMG, and the advanced analysis of kinematic data.

More recently, the lab has expanded research to include the use of non-invasive brain modulation techniques including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (TES). These expansions have allowed the lab to examine how modulation of brain activity results in changes to both action and cognition.


A Little More About Lee.

Dr. Baugh is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the University of South Dakota’s Sanford School of Medicine. In addition to directing the University of South Dakota’s Center for Brain and Behavior Research (CBBRe), he also directs the Governor’s Center for Genetics and Behavioral Health (CGBH) and the University of South Dakota’s Human Functional Imaging Core. Trained as a cognitive neuroscientist, his primary research interests include the skilled control of action, and the deficits in control that occur following traumatic brain injury and disease. 


The Lab is based in the Basic Biomedical Sciences Division of the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota.