Centre for Cognition, Neuroscience and Neuroimaging



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The Centre for Cognition, Neuroscience and Neuroimaging (CNNI) conducts research into behaviour and brain function in healthy and clinical populations using a range of neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques. Members of the centre are engaged in research studies investigating memory, attention/cognitive control, emotional processing and decision-making and have access to a range of research tools including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). 

CNNI aims to advance applied research by combining neuropsychology and multimodal brain imaging. Members of the research centre are using brain stimulation and neurofeedback protocols to improve the treatment and management of mental illness and cognitive impairment. CNNI is involved in collaborative studies with King’s College London, University of Cambridge and Birkbeck, University of London.

CNNI research in the News

Is Blue Monday a myth?

Prof Paul Allen, professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Roehampton

“Blue Monday is claimed to be the day of the year when people supposedly feel at their lowest. But is there any science behind this? According to psychologist Cliff Arnall, there is a formula that proves this, combining factors like the weather and post-Christmas debt to explain feelings of sadness and low mood. But there are also brain-based explanations for low mood at this time of year. The limited amount of daylight in January is likely to be a factor. Low levels of ultraviolet light from the sun can exacerbate low mood in some people. Scientists are beginning to understand that the link between low levels of sunlight and low mood is mediated by the skin’s production of vitamin D, which requires ultraviolet light. Importantly, it is thought that serotonin, a neurochemical involved in regulating mood, requires vitamin D for its production. So increasing our exposure to ultraviolet light or vitamin D could help beat the winter blues.

Combined Universities Brain Imaging Centre

CNNI is an affiliated member of the CUBIC Magnetic Resonance Imaging facility at Royal Holloway, University of London. 

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