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About the Mind/Brain Institute

The Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute (MBI) is a free standing institute at the Johns Hopkins University with strong connections to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and to the School of Medicine. The MBI is dedicated to the study of the neural mechanisms of higher brain functions using modern neurophysiological, anatomical, and computational techniques.


The Mind/Brain Institute was created in 1994 with a generous gift from Zanvyl Krieger, to address the great scientific question of the 21st century:  How does neural activity in the brain give rise to mental phenomena?  We combine state of the art experimental techniques for measuring neural activity with linear/nonlinear mathematical modeling on large computer clusters.  Our goal is to understand, at the most fundamental, algorithmic level, how the brain processes information about the world to generate perception, knowledge, decision, and action. 

Scientific Mission

  • How does the brain interpret tactile information from the skin?  How is that information used to grasp, recognize, and manipulate objects?  How could brain-machine interfaces restore these functions following amputation or paralysis?

The MBI has played an important role in the establishment of an undergraduate neuroscience major, which now has the third largest enrollment in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and it is currently working to help establish a university wide graduate program in neuroscience and cognition.

We invite you to explore this web site to learn more about the research and academic offerings of the MBI.

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