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Brain and Cognition

Psychology Research Institute / PsyRes
Programme group Brain and Cognition

The goal of the Brain and Cognition programme is to obtain a better understanding of the nature of human cognition and its neural basis.

The Brain and Cognition programme emphasizes theory development, attempts to base explanations for cognitive phenomena on neurobiological principles, and has a focus on using cognitive research to understand clinical findings. The research covers three subprogrammes:

  • The Perception and Action programme focuses on the way the human brain processes information and transforms it into adaptive behaviour;
  • The Memory and Language subprogramme aims to identify the processes underlying memory retrieval and the factors affecting memory retrieval; and
  • The Consciousness subprogramme seeks to explain the difference between conscious and non-conscious information processing and to identify the neural substrate of this difference.

The three subprogrammes are highly integrated and there is extensive collaboration across the subprogrammes.