Cognition / Behaviour / Psychology
Scientists in this area study complex mechanisms underlying cognition and behaviour.
By using a combination of methods in animal models, including molecular genetics, optogenetics, physiological and behavioural analyses, neural circuits that serve distinct functions in behaviour can be elucidated.
In humans, the dramatic progress of brain imaging and neuropsychology has allowed a detailed exploration of the neural correlates of cognition and behaviour.
Problems including how humans perceive, think and act, are thus within reach for experimental analysis, and the emerging knowledge is being transferred to the clinic to improve treatments of stress and disease.