Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience

Understanding how the brain’s information-processing capabilities interact through the nervous system to give rise to perception, thought, cognition, memory, and emotion


The human brain is the most complex system in the universe. Hopkins researchers engage in system-wide, computational approaches to understand how that system and its components give rise to cognitive processes. 

Systems/cognitive neuroscience is the study of how information processing in this vast neural network gives rise to perception, memory, abstract thought, complex behavior, and consciousness itself. Johns Hopkins has an unusual concentration of systems/cognitive laboratories with a focus on quantitative, network level understanding of cognitive information processing.

Experimental tools for investigations being carried out in our labs include neurophysiology, brain imaging, and psychophysics. Our analytical approaches involve systems identification, dimensionality reduction, information theory, and network modeling.

One major area of interest is how visual and tactile information processing leads to perception and understanding of two- and three-dimensional objects. Another focus is on neural processing and recognition of speech and other complex sounds. Other laboratories study neural mechanisms of attention, memory formation, motor learning, decision making, and executive control of behavior.

 

  • Yeka Aponte, PhD Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Amy Bastian, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Mary Blue, PhD Position: Associate Professor of Neurology Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Antonello Bonci, MD Position: Adjunct Professor in Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Solange Brown, MD, PhD Position: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Pablo Celnik, MD Position: Professor and Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Jeremiah Cohen, PhD Position: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Brain Science Institute Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Ed Connor, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • Susan Courtney-Faruqee, PhD Position: Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Noah Cowan, PhD Position: Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience
  • Kathleen E. Cullen, PhD Position: Professor of Biomedical Engineering Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience
  • John Desmond, PhD Position: Professor of Neurology Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • Gul Dolen, MD, PhD Position: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Brain Science Institute, Wendy Klag Center, Director of Diversity Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Michela Gallagher, PhD Position: Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Roland Griffiths, PhD Position: Professor of Behavioral Biology Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Stewart Hendry, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Peter Holland, PhD Position: Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • Patricia Janak, PhD Position: Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Psychological and Brain Sciences Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Alfredo Kirkwood, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • James Knierim, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • John Krakauer, MA, MD Position: Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • Hey-Kyoung Lee, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Brady Maher, PhD Position: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Keri Martinowich, PhD Position: Lead Investigator, Lieber Institute for Brain Development Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Mollie Meffert, MD, PhD Position: Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Michael Miller, PhD Position: Herschel and Ruth Seder Professor of Biomedical Engineering and University Gilman Scholar; Director, Center for Imaging Science; Co-Director, Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience
  • Cynthia Moss, PhD Position: Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • Shreesh Mysore, PhD Position: Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences Areas of research: Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience
  • Ernst Niebur, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • Kristina Nielsen, PhD Position: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • Daniel O'Connor, PhD Position: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Brain Science Institute Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Mikhail Pletnikov, MD, PhD Position: Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Christopher Potter, PhD Position: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Center for Sensory Biology Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Irving Reti, MBBS Position: Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • Sridevi Sarma, PhD Position: Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience
  • Geoffrey Schoenbaum, MD, PhD Position: Branch Chief and Senior Investigator, Tenured Cellular Neurobiology Research Branch Behavioral Neurophysiology Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • Lawrence Schramm, PHD Position: Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience Areas of research: Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Reza Shadmehr, PhD Position: Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Marshall Hussain Shuler, PhD Position: Associate Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • Hongjun Song, PhD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Developmental Neuroscience, Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Veit Stuphorn, PhD Position: Associate Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • Joshua Vogelstein, PhD Position: Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • Rudiger von der Heydt, PhD Position: Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • Paul Worley, MD Position: Professor of Neuroscience Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience
  • Eric Young, PhD Position: Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
  • David Zee, MD Position: Professor of Neurology Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes, Neurobiology of Disease
  • Kechen Zhang, PhD Position: Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Areas of research: Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience, Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes