Our mission

CINN fosters research into the relationship between the brain and the body, and the role of neural processes in shaping our societies. It is meant to be a vehicle to overcome disciplinary silos and to promote dialogue and collaboration.

We involve researchers from a wide range of disciplines such as psychology, agriculture, biological sciences and pharmacy, food and nutritional sciences, mathematics, biomedical engineering and clinical language science, who are interested in the physiological and psychological mechanisms underpinning complex cognition and behaviour.

CINN provides technical, methodological and analytic expertise to complement the Reading Functional Imaging Facility (RFIF) which houses a 3T Siemens’ whole body MRI scanner, configured to acquire high resolution structural and functional images of the brain as well as the dynamic acquisition of cardiovascular responses throughout the body.

In addition, RFIF provides high density EEG/ERP systems and Neurostimulation facilities including  Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. These techniques support imaging of neural processes at different spatial and temporal resolutions and are designed to be used in conjunction with each other and the MR scanner, thereby enabling multimodal data acquisition.

CINN/RFIF also houses a potent analytic suite that provides the computational power needed for analysis and interpretation. The complex data sets resulting from these investigations provide unique challenges for data analysis and modelling. Introducing highly constrained multimodal complex data sets provides important challenges for time series and numerical analyses. The computational models of the data that result from such analyses inform our understanding of the cortical architecture supporting cognition.