Cognitive Neurobiology Laboratory

How can we

see a rich spring landscape and enjoy watching it?

How can we

attend at different parts of the scene and consciously have a sense of them?

brainOur brain as the most complex biological system has been under extensive scientific studies during the last decade. However a tiny fraction of what is happening inside the brain has been discovered. Here at Cognitive Neurobiology Laboratory we are investigating how primates’ brain gives rise to cognitive functions such as visual attention. We are trying to uncover the mechanisms by which the brain lets us focus our attention to different visual entities in order to consciously see them and take actions according to them. This is done by recording electrical activities from different cortical areas of macaque monkey while the monkey is doing a cognitive task it has been trained on. Studying these digital signals allows us understand how brain activities change across different cognitive states of the monkey.

Cognitive Neurobiology Laboratory is a part of the School of Cognitive Sciences at the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM) where many outstanding researchers are investigating in different fields of cognitive sciences.



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    Mini-symposium Held at IUST

    In July, 2017 we held a one-day mini-symposium at IUST, for the interchange of scientific expertise and findings between different projects of the our lab and external collaborating teams. The lectures were organized in two panels: Invited talks (given by principle investigators cooperating with our lab) and Project presentations (delivered by PhD students). Topics ranging all the way from the dynamics of neural coding in primate brain to computational approaches in modeling the neural system were covered through these lectures. Importantly we had the honor to host Dr. Fatemeh Bakouie (Shahid Beheshti University), Dr. Zeinab Fazlali (IPM School of Cognitive Sciences), Prof. Dr. Shahriyar Gharibzadeh (Amirkabir University of Technology) and Dr. Marzieh Zare (IPM School of Computer Sciences), to present their ongoing research lines in the symposium.
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    The surgery center has been launched in the Cognitive Neurobiology Lab

    We are pleased to announce that on Sep 2016, we launched a non-human primate surgery center in IPM School of Cognitive Sciences. The surgery room is equipped with the most modern equipment enabling primate neuroscientists to carry out the most sophisticated brain surgeries. These surgeries are aimed at implanting either fixation or neural implants. Facilities such as accurate human-level monitoring and anesthesia systems enable us to carry out surgeries with the highest standards of animal welfare.
  • F. Zareayan’s winning support to attend FENS 2016

    Fatemeh Zareayan won the prize to attend the 10th Forum of Neuroscience Conference to be held in Copenhagen July 2-6, 2016 from the Iranian Cognitive Sciences and Technologies Council

  • PhD defence

    "Moein Esghaei successfully defended his thesis at IPM. His thesis addressed the role of low frequency oscillatory activities of brain in the process of selective attention."