About the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

Since 1999, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) has served as the central focus at Duke University for research, education, and training in the psychological, computational, and biological mechanisms of higher mental function; variability in these mechanisms among individuals, across the lifespan, and between species; application of these mechanisms to real-world problems; and their dissolution in disease and mental disorders. 

Research

Cognitive neuroscience is by its nature interdisciplinary, and addresses longstanding questions about brain and mind from new perspectives that cut across traditional intellectual and departmental boundaries. CCN research focuses on perception, attention, memory, language, emotion, decision making, social interaction, morality, motor control, executive function, and the evolution and development of mental processes. To advance this agenda, the CCN and its activities bring together faculty from multiple schools in the University, including Arts & Sciences, Medical School, Pratt School of Engineering, and Fuqua Business School, representing the Departments of Psychology & Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Psychiatry, Biomedical Engineering, Philosophy, Evolutionary Anthropology, Computer Science, Linguistics, Neurology, Radiology, Finance, and Marketing.

Core and Affiliate Faculty

Core Faculty members in CCN are a diverse group of investigators defined by a shared interest in cognition and its underlying biological mechanisms. Faculty research interests include perception, attention, memory, language, emotion, decision making, social interaction, morality, motor control, executive function, and the evolution and development of mental processes. Core faculty represent diverse departments in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, the Medical School, Pratt School of Engineering, and Fuqua School of Business. Research techniques pursed in CCN include functional magnetic resonance imaging, single cell recording, genomics, field studies of behavior, event-related potential recordings, transcranial magnetic stimulation, eye-tracking, psychophysics, and behavioral economics. The core faculty is augmented by a larger number of CCN affiliates who share these interests and interact frequently with CCN core faculty.

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