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.
- How does the brain synthesize fragmentary visual image cues into coherent object representations? How does the brain segregate cluttered visual images into regions corresponding to real-world objects? How is object identity maintained across time as objects and observers move?
- How does the brain represent complex object information, like 3D shape? How are those representations used to evaluate, remember, and interact with objects? What is the neural basis for object aesthetics?
- How does attention focus information processing on objects of current interest? How does attention bind together object information from different parts of the brain?
- How does the brain represent space? How do these representations enable navigation and spatial memory?
- 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?
- How does the brain integrate external and internal information to generate cognitive decisions? How are actions initiated or inhibited? How is risk evaluated and factored into decision-making?Neuroscience Education
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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