About the ENLOK Lab | Department of Sociology | Kent State University

About the ENLOK Lab

About the Lab

"Sciences are of a sociable disposition, and flourish best in the neighborhood of each other." 
-William Blackstone 


The Electrophysiological Neuroscience Laboratory of Kent (ENLoK) is an interdisciplinary consortium of faculty from the Departments of Biology, Psychology, and Sociology. Dr. Will Kalkhoff from Sociology initiated this multidisciplinary collaborative program of research unified by a shared interest in neuroscience to study basic, translational, and clinical aspects of normative and disordered biobehavioral functioning.The ENLoK was started with generous support from the College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of Sociology at KSU.

Our current research interests include mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, cognitive and affective neural bases and mechanisms of mental health, and social neuroscience.


One of the main threads tying our substantive interests together is an emphasis on assessing dynamic neurological processes, for which electroencephalography (EEG) is ideally suited. Compared to hemodynamic techniques (e.g., fMRI), EEG has higher temporal resolution (milliseconds, as opposed to seconds) and is thus especially useful for investigations of the time course of neural events in association with dynamically changing behavior and responses to stimuli.


In short, the basic mission of our consortium is to elucidate biobehavioral markers via objective behavioral and electrophysiological (EEG) assessments to advance discovery and understanding of dynamic processes, develop collaborative partnerships, and acquire extramural funding.