The CCNi represents an interdisciplinary effort to advance the understanding of the complex relationship between the brain, cognition and behaviour at multiple levels of analysis. The CCNi brings together researchers with an interest in cognitive neuroscience, functional neuroimaging, neuropsychology and computational modelling. The CCNi aims at developing new methods to further understand brain mechanisms and train interdisciplinary scientists in the use of those methods and techniques. The CCNi was officially launched in November 2008 and is located within the Psychology department at the University of Glasgow.
The CCNi is equipped with state-of-the art brain imaging facilities comprising a 3T fMRI scanner, an MEG system, a TMS system, and several EEG systems – including fMRI compatible recording systems all aiming at locating the regions of the brain involved with different psychological functions and the detailed dynamics of these functions.
For example, CCNi researchers use functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to locate the brain regions involved with recognising the voice, the face or the actions of a person. Others will use Electroencephalography (EEG) or Magnetoencephalography (MEG) to understand how networks of cortical brain regions carry out such functions, with a time millisecond resolution. And yet others will use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to temporary modify brain function and measure how this improves or interferes with performance.
Current research areas are:-
- Dynamics of Brain Processing
- High-level Vision and Cognition
- Perception and Action
- Auditory Cognition
- Attention and Sensory Integration
- Face and Voice Recognition
- Computational Modelling of Cognition
- Language comprehension and production
The CCNi has already received a total of £7.5 million funding from UK research councils enabling the CCNi scientists to embark on the ambitious interdisciplinary programme of understanding the workings of the mind from brain imaging measurements.