Cognitive Neuroscience Initiative

CogNeuro

The mystery of the human mind is one of immense complexity. Under the Cognitive Neuroscience Initiative, Florida International University (FIU) researchers are analyzing brain development, brain function and the neurological basis of behavior. These scientists are investigating possible applications of their pioneering research to advance the treatment of nervous system disorders. They hope to map one of science’s last frontiers – the human brain.

FIU scientists are studying cognitive neuroscience in order to truly understand the organization of the nervous system and its impact on human experience. Because discoveries in this field require exploring ideas that transcend disciplines, they are working to bridge the gap between the physical and behavioral sciences.

This bold comprehensive approach opens the door to developing uniquely effective solutions to a wide array of problems such as sensory and motor function, learning and memory, language, and spatial and social cognition at multiple levels. These extensive studies of the brain, neural circuitry and molecular processes must include the examination of physical, social and cultural environments that will further contribute to our knowledge of human health. As a leading public research university, FIU is committed to innovative research and educational discoveries, as well as making a difference in the community and society at large.

Within this context, FIU scientists have particular strengths in three pillars of cognitive neuroscience:

• Neurocognition: vision and multisensory processing, language and spatial development, problem solving and consciousness with a specific focus on such areas as addiction, ADHD, and disruptive behavior, as well as ethical, social and conceptual issues related to the mind and brain

• Neurological disorders: research in developmental, neurological and degenerative diseases relating to the structure and function of neuronal circuitry which lead to disorders such as Parkinson’s, Huntington's, autism and epilepsy

• Neurorehabilitation: restoring functionality in people with spinal, orthopedic and other injuries and disabilities by advancing the field of neuroprostheses; creating forward-looking, early interventional therapeutic strategies and early education programs and services for children with disabilities

The initiative brings together experts from the departments of Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Philosophy, and Biological Sciences. Integrating these fundamental fields with applied fields such as medicine, engineering and education, FIU faculty seek to uncover the mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders in order to restore physical and cognitive functionality.

For information on the Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience, click here.