Module II
Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

This module teaches the scientific basis of psychology, social and affective neuroscience. The areas of scientific enquiry covered in this module include psychology, social cognition, empathy, self-other discrimination, plasticity of “Theory of Mind”, and the brain’s default network. Another important aspect of this module is the analysis of the causes underlying psychopathologies of social cognition, early child development and culture, and the investigation of memory processes that allow us to function in the future.

Research in the Adaptive Memory Group seeks to understand the neural and cognitive mechanisms that operate on our memories of the past to help us live in the future. more
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. more
human cognitive development, cross-cultural comparisons of human cognitive development
Our research group seeks to understand how we perceive the visual world around us and interact with it in a meaningful manner. To this end, we acquire and analyze large-scale behavioral and neuroimaging datasets in humans. more
Our group uses behavioural, computational and neuroimaging methods to understand neural codes underlying complex human behaviour. We are particularly interested in how the brain extracts and stores regularities from our experiences in order to facilitate decision making in novel situations. more
My research is located at the intersection of philosophy and the cognitive sciences. more
EGG-Lab Julia is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist interested in how hormones impact brain and behavior in health and disease. Our group uses apply multimodal neuroimaging techniques (PET & fMRI) to study changes in neurochemistry and neural activity in the female brain and how they relate to emotion and mood. more
Recently, one of the most exciting research areas has been defined: Cognitive neuropsychiatry. This framework aims to explain clinical characteristics of neuropsychiatric disorders in terms of deficits to normal cognitive mechanisms and to link these deficits to brain structures. more
We conduct MRI studies with 0-12-year-old children to explore the neurobiological foundations of learning and cognitive development with a focus on language, reading and math. more
In the "Cognitive Neurogenetics" group we study how brain structure and function are shaped by innate and environmental factors, we are situated at the Max Planck for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and in addition affiliated with the Research Centre Jülich, INM-7. more
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