Brain and Mind Institute

Mission & Approach

Brain and Mind


To provide a centralized and visible presence for cognitive neuroscience at Western University. The Institute's primary functions are to promote research, to facilitate the training of highly qualified personnel, and to foster national and international collaborations in cognitive neuroscience.

Integrative Approach

Cognitive neuroscience seeks an understanding of the neural bases of mental abilities such as perception, memory, reasoning, language, and more. Various disciplines, like the following, can bear common problems of the mind and brain:

  • psychology
  • neurophysiology
  • linguistics
  • artificial intelligence
  • computational theory
  • philosophy
  • anthropology
  • imaging, and more...

Successful future research in cognitive neuroscience will require an integrative approach that bridges these traditional disciplines. The overarching purpose of BMI is to foster this integrative approach.