Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging

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Welcome to the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNi)


 The CCNi represents an interdisciplinary effort to advance the understanding of the complex relationship between the brain, cognition and behaviour at multiple levels of analysis. The CCNi brings together researchers with an interest in cognitive neuroscience, functional neuroimaging, neuropsychology and computational modelling. The CCNi aims at developing new methods to further understand brain mechanisms and train interdisciplinary scientists in the use of those methods and techniques. The CCNi was officially launched in November 2008 and is located within the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow.

CCNi is equipped with state-of-the art brain imaging facilities comprising a 3T fMRI scanner, a MEG system, a TMS system, and several EEG systems – including fMRI compatible recording systems all aiming at locating the regions of the brain involved with different psychological functions and the detailed dynamics of these functions. 

For example, CCNi researchers use functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to locate the brain regions involved with recognising the voice, the face or the actions of a person. Others will use Electroencephalography (EEG) or Magnetoencephalography (MEG) to understand how networks of cortical brain regions carry out such functions, with a time millisecond resolution. And yet others will use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to temporary modify brain function and measure how this improves or interferes with performance. 

Current research areas are:


  • Dynamics of Brain Processing
  • High-level Vision and Cognition
  • Perception and Action
  • Auditory Cognition
  • Attention and Sensory Integration
  • Face and Voice Recognition
  • Computational Modelling of Cognition
  • Language comprehension and production

The CCNi has already received a total of £7.5 million funding from UK research councils enabling the CCNi scientists to embark on the ambitious interdisciplinary programme of understanding the workings of the mind from brain imaging measurements.

Ever since the discovery of mirror neurons in monkeys, which were found to activate during action control as well as during action observation, it has been debated if and how their existence and function translates to humans. Large parts of research and discussion have been devoted to the identification and measurement of actual mirror neurons, a mirror system, or a mirror mechanism in humans. While these discussions are of course important, here we aim at discussing the wider implications of such a capacity, assuming that it exists in some form or another. We therefore dedicate this debate toThe Meaning of Mirror Neurons and we aim at discussing their potential role in development, evolution, mental simulation, social interaction, and theory of mind.

Debate Questions

  • To what extent is the Mirror Neuron System (MNS) hard-wired or malleable (re-trainable) and how does this define/impact on the relationship between the MNS and phylo- and ontogenesis?
  • What is the role of the MNS in social interaction and joint action? What exactly is the mapping between self and other, e.g. is it a direct 1:1, or a complementary mapping, or both? How does this relate to the answer to Q1?
  • Do all kinds of mental simulation recruit the MNS (e.g. mentally simulating the mechanics of a combustion engine)? What is the relationship between ‘embodied’ cognition and the MNS? (What is the relationship between MNS and other bodily representations such as the body schema?)
  • What can the MNS tell us about empathy, mentalizing and particularly about the deliberate and conscious processes of theory of mind (ToM)?



Harold Bekkering




Geoff Bird




Vittorio Gallese




Natalie Sebanz




perret David Perrett
simon Simon Garrod klaus Klaus Kessler



12:00-12:50       Registration and Welcome Lunch

12:50-13:00       Welcome from co-ordinators, Simon Garrod and Klaus Kessler

13:00-13:30       Harold Bekkering

13:30-14:00       Geoff Bird

14:00-14:30       Vittorio Gallese

14:30-15:00       Natalie Sebanz

15:00-15:30       Tea/Coffee break

15:30-17:30       Debate

17:30                Buffet reception

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Senate Room, University of Glasgow


25th October. 12 noon - 17:30


Magnetom TrioThe CCNi is equipped with complementary, state-of-the-art brain imaging facilities entirely devoted to research in Cognitive Neuroscience:

- A 3 Tesla Tim Trio (Siemens) MRI scanner (fMRI)
- A whole-head MEG high-density sensor system
- A TMS system (with frameless stereotaxy)
- Several EEG high-density systems (including fMRI compatible recording systems)
January 19th, 2009: the new TimTrio System is being delivered
Magnetom Trio above CCNi
and installed...
Magnetom Trio inside CCNi
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