Research Environment

Research Environment

Doing a PhD in the Doctoral College “Imaging the Mind” also means that you will have access to an outstanding research infrastructure at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCNS) Salzburg, which is (almost) exclusively dedicated to research.

Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience

The CCNS connects different departments and work groups and thus allows for the integration of different approaches to studying (human) cognition. More precisely, it connects the departments of biological sciences, psychology, and linguistics at the University of Salzburg as well as the department of neurology, the Christian Doppler Medical Centre and the Centre for Neurocognitive Research at the Paracelsus Medical University.

Beyond facilities, the organisation into “Methods Units” ensures that you can enjoy support at every stage of your research – from study design via data recording up to data analysis. This way, we get rid of many obstacles for interdisciplinary research!

The “Methods Units” provide support for the following methods: (i) electroencephalography (EEG), (ii) magnetencephalography (MEG), (iii) neuroimaging and brain stimulation, (iv) hormonal analysis, and (v) eye-tracking and behavioural research.

Research facilities
  • Austria’s only MEG scanner (since 2016), allows for simultaneous recording of 128 channel EEG
  • a 3T MRI Scanner (Siemens PRISMA with a 32-channel coil)
  • 2 TMS-stimulators
  • 1 neuronavigation system
  • 4 sets of eye-tracking equipment
  • 1 MRI-compatible EEG
  • 5 stationary EEG systems
  • 2 high-density systems for babies, children, & adults
  • 3 ambulatory EEG systems
  • a hormone analysis lab
  • an affective physiology lab
  • behavioural laboratories
  • child development lab
  • a high-performance computer cluster of 46 nodes (including 5 GPU nodes)
  • access to powerful shared memory cluster