Institute for Mind and Brain
Unlocking the mysteries of the mind-brain connection is one of the great scientific challenges of the 21st century. The University of South Carolina is poised to become a world leader in cognitive neuroscience research with the establishment of the Institute for Mind and Brain.
Building on a strong neuroscience research foundation at USC, faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with faculty from other disciplines within the University are studying higher functions of the brain including attention, perception, language and communication, memory and motor control.
The Institute for Mind and Brain houses state-of-the-art laboratories studying eye-tracking, EEG (electroencephalogram), as well as facilities and experts for neuroscience data analysis. These laboratories help to centralize research and enhance interaction among researchers, doctoral students and undergraduates across the University. In addition, the college’s McCausland Center for Brain Imaging, located at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, is providing researchers the opportunity to perform MRI and functional MRI as part of their research.
The research through the Institute for Mind and Brain has important implications for treating impairment resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, cognitive impairment, developmental disorders and aging.