Research in the Behavioral Economics & Addictions Neuroscience Laboratory (BEAN Lab) at the University of Kansas combines behavioral science and neuroscience methods to understand causes, consequences, and treatments for addictive disorders and related mental health disorders. Our research examines factors that contribute to decision-making in people who use substances, the behavioral and brain basis of motivation to use alcohol and other drugs, and the effects of environmental contexts and physiological states on addictive behaviors. Our hope is that our work will lead to improvement in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of these disorders.
The lab is directed by Dr. Michael Amlung, an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science and Associate Director for Training in the Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment at the University of Kansas. The lab was founded in 2015 at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada where Dr. Amlung was previously a faculty member. We relocated to the University of Kansas in 2020.
The KU BEAN Lab is committed to training the next generation of scientists in addictions, mental health, and behavioral science. Dr. Amlung is currently recruiting new graduate and undergraduate students to join the lab. Visit Join the Lab page for more information.
We invite you to browse this website to learn more about the lab.
We have several ongoing research projects on alcohol, cannabis, and nicotine use and co-morbiid mental health disorders.
Read about our primary research interests and our current behavioral and neuroimaging studies
The KU BEAN Lab team is a group of creative and hard-working students, research assistants, and scientists.
Learn about our research space, the cutting-edge technologies we use, and the scientific methods we use in our work
Read our recent published research and view selected presentations from our team members
The lab is actively recruiting prospective graduate students and undergraduate researchers to join our team
We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our research and training activities. All team members are expected to create a learning and working environment that respects all peoples, regardless of racial or ethnic background, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental illness, disability, or other dimension of human diversity. Discrimination or stigmatization of any kind is not acceptable.
Learn about our efforts to make the lab a Positive Space for all people.
The KU BEAN Lab is located within the
Cofrin Logan Center for Addictions Research &
Treatment on the KU Lawrence Campus
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
Lab Email: AddictionsLab@ku.edu
We commit to creating a learning and working environment that respects all peoples, regardless of racial or ethnic background, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental illness, disability, or other dimension of human existence. More information
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