Our mission

CINN fosters interdisciplinary research into the physiological and psychological mechanisms underpinning complex cognition and behaviour, targeting typical and atypical development and decline in individuals.

We involve researchers from a wide range such as psychology, agriculture, biological sciences and pharmacy, food and nutritional sciences, mathematics, biomedical engineering and clinical language sciences.

We investigate normal ageing and development, impact of diet and dietary supplements on cognitive performance, neurogenic disease processes, mild cognitive impairment, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, William’s and Down’s Syndrome, Aphasia, phase synchronization and mutual information analyses of brain oscillations and computational modelling of healthy and impaired cortical activity.

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, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Optical Tomography facilities. 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.