Cognitive neuroscience

Who is involved in cognitive neuroscience?

For a list of all researchers involved in this area, go to the People tab in the left hand navigation area and choose 'Key areas'. Cognitive neuroscience is listed.

What is cognitive neuroscience?

How does the activity of the brain create the mind? 

Cognitive neuroscience goes beyond basic brain function to higher levels of mental activity, such as self-awareness, visual perception and attention. 

Maladapted behaviours and states of mind underlie mental disorders, hence cognitive neuroscience rubs shoulders with clinical psychology and psychiatry.    Robotics and artificial intelligence, too, feature in this field of research, applying insights from cognitive neuroscience to technology and machines.

In seeking to understand what links behaviour, brain and mind, cognitive neuroscience therefore tackles some of the ‘big questions’ in science - the basis of intelligent thought, beliefs, and consciousness itself.

Where in BN is it carried out?


How?  Typical methods and techniques

Typical techniques used in cognitive neuroscience include electroencephalography (EEG), lesion studies, eye tracking, different brain imaging techniques (CT, MRI, PET and MEG), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and a wide variety of behavioural experiments.

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