Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Important challenges for society include safety (the reduction of aggression and miscommunication), mental health (the treatment of mental disorders and of cognitive and emotional decline in the elderly and neurologically impaired) and education (the development of better teaching methods for healthy persons as well as for those with learning problems). To address these challenges, fundamental knowledge of our cognitive capacities, its modelling and the structure and function of the brain is indispensable.
- How does it develop and subsequently age?
- How does it sustain our mental abilities, perceptions, speech and emotions?
- How does disease affect its efficacy?
- How does the human brain compare to that of animals?
In our focus area scientists from biology, physics, psychology, medicine, linguistics and veterinary sciences combine new insights from cognitive science, genetics, pharmacology, and imaging to answer these questions. Using advanced technologies in (computational) modelling, neuro-imaging and virtual environments, we aim at continuing our long-standing tradition of directly investigating patients, healthy subjects and animals.
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The coordinators of this research focus area are:
Prof. dr. G.R. (Gün) Semin
T + 31 30 253 45 75
Prof. dr. M.B.H. (Martin) Everaert
T + 31 30 253 65 28
Prof. dr. B. (Berend) Olivier
T + 31 30 253 35 29