Interdisciplinary Research

The Brain and Mind Institute brings several disciplines together to promote interdisciplinary research related to cognitive neuroscience at Western University.

Research Areas

Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience

Researchers in this area attempt to understand how the brain’s cells and biochemistry support its function. Research in this area includes cell metabolism, membrane physiology, protein synthesis and transport, and changes in cellular and molecular structure and function with genetics, epigenetics, experience, disorders, or disease.

Clinical Neuroscience

These researchers study disorders and diseases of the mind and the central nervous system, including anxiety disorders, autism, dementia, stroke, schizophrenia, mood disorders, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, hearing loss, vision loss, and others.

Cognition & Behaviour

Cognitive neuroscience involves relating human behaviour and cognition -- in all its richness and complexity -- to the mind and brain.

Computational Brain Science

These researchers develop and employ mathematical and algorithmic tools to develop and test models that increase our understanding of brain processes, behaviour and cognition.

Development & Aging

Researchers in this area study trajectories of change in behaviour and cognition with age and experience. Adaptation to, and compensation for, challenges such as brain damage and atypical sensory function is also studied.

Neuroimaging Methods

These researchers develop and employ diverse methods such as magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, electroencephalography and near infrared spectroscopy to study how the brain works in living creatures.

Motivation, Emotion & Arousal

These researchers study reward and motivation systems, emotional regulation, interactions between emotion and cognition, and states of arousal, including sleep and consciousness.

Perception & Action

These researchers study how information from the world is detected and used for behaviour and cognition, and the processes underlying reflexive and intentional movement.

Systems Neuroscience

These researchers leverage the precision and specificity possible with animal models to study the algorithms and circuits underlying behaviour and cognition.