Brain and Mind Institute

Cognitive Neuroscience

Cognitive Neuroscience

The Brain and Mind Institute (BMI) is recognized as one of the world’s leading research institutes in cognitive neuroscience and aims to understand how the brain allows us to perceive the world, makes sense of what we see and hear, remember the past and plan for the future, communicate our thoughts to others, choose goals, plan actions and carry those actions out.

What is Cognitive Neuroscience?

Cognitive neuroscience is a new interdisciplinary endeavour that studies the neural underpinnings of our cognitive abilities, including:

  • perception
  • memory
  • reasoning
  • attention
  • self-awareness
  • motor control
  • language
  • consciousness

Research Overview

BMI scientists investigate how the brain allows us to interpret not only our own emotions and intentions but also those of others – in short, how the 1300 gigametres of wetware inside our skulls creates consciousness and allows us to think.

Much of the research at the BMI is directed at understanding what goes wrong when our cognitive abilities are compromised by disease, injury, and addiction – in diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, stroke, and concussion – and why sometimes cognitive abilities fail to develop properly in developmental disorders such as autism, dyslexia, and ADHD.

Browse our featured research to learn more about specific studies relating to the brain and mind.


Worldwide Collaborations

  • Oxford
  • Aberdeen
  • St. Andrews
  • INSERM
  • Cambridge
  • Nottingham
  • Parma
  • Maastricht
  • Nijmegen
  • Zurich
  • Verona
  • Durham
  • Bristol
  • Erasmus
  • U. Jaume I de Castellón
  • Tubingen
  • U. Nevada Reno
  • Philipps U, Marburg
  • Umea
  • Melbourne
  • Taipei
  • ATR Kyoto
  • U. Victoria
  • Beijing
  • Queensland
  • Harvard
  • MIT
  • McGill
  • Stanford
  • UC Davis
  • Caltech
  • UC San Diego
  • Vanderbilt
  • U. Minnesota
  • Queen's U.
  • University College London
  • NIH
  • U. Mexico
  • U. Alberta
  • U. Calgary
  • U. Lethbridge
  • UBC
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • NYU
  • Dalhousie
  • U. Texas (Dallas)
  • York
  • U. Toronto
  • NRC Winnipeg
  • USC
  • Waterloo
  • Wilfred Laurier
  • Justis-Liebig U, Giessen