About the Brain Sciences Center
Brain Sciences Center, located at the Minneapolis
VA Medical Center, is an interdisciplinary research institute, and training center, that focuses on the mechanisms underlying the active, dynamic brain in both health and disease.
The Center's neuroinvestigators collaborate on a wide variety of research studies including: schizophrenia, Alzheimer's Disease, alcoholism, mechanisms of cognitive function, memory and learning, control of movement, and musical analysis of brain signals. In addition, these investigators represent a cross- section of academic disciplines including: biophysics, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, electrical engineering, music, neurology, neurophysiology, neuroscience, psychiatry, radiology, scientific computation, and statistics.
Advanced technology is essential to tackling the complex nature of the brain, so Center investigators must employ a multitude of functional neuroimaging and other leading-edge research methods in their work including:
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, large scale computer modeling, neurophysiology, sonification, experimental psychology, single cell recordings, and statistical analysis.