Research Areas

Cognition and Behaviour

Cognitive neuroscience and behavioural neuroscience are the studies of the neurobiological bases of cognition and behaviour, respectively.

Researchers in the cognition and behaviour research theme are interested in how the neurons and glial cells of the brain form the integrated neuronal networks that summate to underlie normal and abnormal thought and behaviours. Researchers study the brain's role in memory, language, complex behaviours, and executive function by incorporating laboratory models and studies in healthy and brain-damaged patients, as well as using techniques such as electrophysiology, brain imaging and behavioural testing.

Techniques used include:

  • Tests of language, memory, and executive function in human patients
  • Clinical observation and testing in human patients
  • Behavioural and cognitive testing in animal models, including tests of spatial cognition, learning and memory, aggression, and songbird vocal production
  • Electroencephalograms
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • Magnetic resonanace spectroscopy
  • MR tractography