The Sonny Carter Life
The SCLSL is a component of Georgia
State University's Language Research
Center . Constructed by GSU in 1989, the laboratory supports research in
comparative and cognitive science. The laboratory was dedicated in 1992 in the
name of native Georgian Manley L. (Sonny)
Carter, Jr. The dedication ceremony was attended by members of Dr. Carter's
family, by Rep. John Lewis (D - GA), and by representatives of NASA and Georgia
Captain Carter was an astronaut,
physician, pilot, and scientist who provided guidance and support for the space
life sciences research at Georgia State University. His death in a 1991 plane
crash was a tremendous loss to his family and friends, to NASA, to the
biomedical and behavioral research community, and to the country. It is an
honor and an inspiration for this GSU laboratory to bear his name.
Scientists at the Sonny Carter Life
Sciences Laboratory study the behavior and performance of humans and nonhuman
animals (principally rhesus monkeys and chimpanzees). This research is designed
to elucidate the processes of attention, learning, and memory -- as these
constructs are manifest across species. Experiments are designed to reveal how
these mental abilities develop, how they correspond with brain mechanisms, how
they relate to one another, and how they are affected by cognitive (e.g.,
perceived control), social (e.g., competition), and environmental (e.g., microgravity)
variables. Moreover, research at the SCLSL is designed to examine how
psychological well-being can be measured and maintained.
Carter Life Sciences Laboratory offers opportunities for biobehavioral
collaborative research with investigators from institutions around the world.
Graduate and undergraduate students are involved in every phase of the
research. For additional information, contact David A. Washburn, Ph.D.
B2EC2 (Brain, Behavior and the Emergence of
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