Cognitive neuroscience is a new and fast-growing field of research that has emerged from the integration of psychology, neuroscience and computer science. The explanatory potential of neuroscience has grown so rapidly that completely new and more solid explanations of mental functions have become possible. This scientific revolution has not only changed psychological theories, but has also opened up completely new insights into clinical problems. While psychology did not contribute significantly to neuroscientific research until the 1980s, it is now a central component of cognitive research within the neuroscientific community.
The Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience was established within the Faculty of Psychology in 2002. It now comprises the Departments of Biopsychology, Neuropsychology, Cognitive Psychology, Neural Basis of Learning as well as the Department of Computational Neuroscience at the Institute of Neuroinformatics and the Department of Social Neuroscience at the Faculty of Medicine.
Health and development are the basis for the well-being of individuals and societies. They are based on dynamic processes in which psychological, biological and social factors interact in a complex interplay over the entire lifespan. While for a long time the focus was on promoting physical health, today the development and promotion of mental health is considered the greatest challenge for the healthcare system in industrialized countries.
The Institute was established in 2015 to research health and development using a broad range of methods, from basic principles to applications, and to contribute to health promotion. The Institute is part of the Faculty of Psychology and combines the following Departments and Working Groups: Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Psychological Method Lab, Clinical Neuropsychology, Behavioral and Clinical Neuroscience as well as Clinical Psychology and Digital Psychotherapy.