Our overarching goal is to crack the cognitive code by identifying the key processing principles of the brain enabling human thinking. The broad mission of our Department is reflected in a wide variety of research areas in cognitive neuroscience, including spatial navigation, memory, time processing, learning and decision making, knowledge acquisition, and perception; and translational research on population coding in the hippocampal-entorhinal system, cognitive enhancement and Alzheimer’s disease. Our key research methods are fMRI (including high-field MRI at 7T for structure-function mapping), MEG (EEG), virtual reality (VR), a wide variety of innovative cognitive tasks, psychophysics, brain-computer interfaces, machine learning and AI-driven data analysis.
Available PhD projects
Possible PhD projects include but are not restricted to the following areas:
- Understanding the formation of hippocampal—entorhinal cognitive spaces and the interaction with codes in prefrontal and sensory cortices
- Understanding how the specific structure of the brain (e.g. laminar and modular organisation) constrains its functional properties (spatial and non-spatial coding)
- Understanding how hierarchical knowledge structures and memory networks are formed in the service of optimising decision making