The Unit for Cognitive Neuroscience (UCN) is a basic neuroscientific research unit at the University of Copenhagen. Since its establishment in 1980, the unit has conducted basic neuroscientific research with an emphasis on the neural substrate of cognition, neural plasticity, and brain injury rehabilitation.
PRIMARY RESEARCH AREAS
- Plasticity in the Normal Brain
Our research in the normal brain comprises studies addressing neural plasticity both on molecular, cellular, and structural levels primarily related to the cognitive domains of problem solving, learning, and memory.
- Functional Analysis
Another central research area is functional analysis of the prefrontal, hippocampal, parietal, and basal ganglia systems of the brain. We mainly focus on the neural substrates for spatial orientation and problem solving as well as the neural substrates for selection and evaluation of cognitive/behavioral strategies.
- Traumatic Brain Injury
A third core research area is the understanding and facilitation of post-traumatic functional recovery after traumatic brain injury (TBI). We investigate a wide range of intervention methods, including pharmacological and stimulation based (e.g. exercise, environmental enrichment) therapies.