initiates and coordinates high-quality, multidisciplinary research on brain and cognition, carried out by researchers working in the participating faculties.
takes care of the set-up and management of excellent research infrastructures.
initiates and develops proposals for joint research programmes between parties from the participating faculties.
LIBC research topics range from language processing to cognitive robotics, and from psychiatric disorders to neuro-pharmacology.
They are organised in several main areas, called Hotspots:
In healthy children, children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and in clinical populations we study attention, awareness, cognitive control, emotion regulation and attachment, language, memory, reading, social cognition, and environmental and family influence from developmental neuroscience perspectives (function and connectivity).
Here we study language functions and their neural basis. This includes language acquisition, auditory processing of speech, reading aloud, speech production to multilingualism, in healthy controls and in language related disorders (hearing impairment, stuttering, aphasia, etc.).
We use pharmacological manipulations to study attention and performance, anxiety disorders, sexual reward learning, anesthesia and pain treatment, and learning and memory. We develop and apply brain imaging methods to study the influence of various pharmacological compounds on brain function and behavior.
it is well-known that acute stress can lead to acute disturbances in cognition, mood and behaviour, and is a major precipitating and maintenance factor for long lasting disturbances like affective disorders and in the case of severe traumatic stress, posttraumatic stress disorder. Stress related disorders are among the most frequent medical disorders, with a huge impact on people’s life and society. Furthermore, research has shown that exposure to chronic stress during childhood, like emotional maltreatment, has detrimental effects on a child’s psychological and biological development.