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Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience

The Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience cluster supports research focused on higher brain functions that underlie complex behavioral phenomena such as learning, memory, attention, language, cognition, emotion, sensation/perception, movement, the wakefulness-sleep cycle, response to pain, and feeding. These phenomena depend on the integrated functioning of neural circuits and systems. Funded research involves human or animal subjects or computer models of neural circuits.  Research methods include non-invasive imaging of brain structure and function (e.g., EEG, MEG, PET, MRI) and advanced methods for recording neural structure and function associated with specific cognitive and behavioral processes in vivo and in vitro.

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Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Program Staff

Scientific StaffResearch Area
Debra Babcock, MD., Ph.D.
Program Director
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Daofen Chen, Ph.D.
Program Director
Sensorimotor neuroscience, neurorehabilitation, and neurotechnologies
James Gnadt, Ph.D.
Program Director
Sensory systems neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, computational studies of neural circuits
Janet He, Ph.D.
Program Director
Sleep Disorders Research and Circadian Rhythms
Linda Porter, Ph.D.
Program Director
Peripheral and central mechanisms that mediate pain, central processing of pain perception, disease-related pain disorders, and pain management
Michael Oshinsky, Ph.D.
Program Director
Central mechanisms of neural processing, headache and trigeminal pain, and systems and cognitive neuroscience.
Preeti Hans
Program Analyst


Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster
Neuroscience Center
6001 Executive Blvd. Bethesda,
Maryland 20892-9523
For courier service only, use Rockville, Maryland 20852
Phone (301) 496-9964
Fax (301) 402-2060