Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Neuro and Cognitive Sciences

Pioneering research in ultra-low field magnetic resonance imaging leads to better understanding of the workings of the human brain.


Advancing neuro and cognitive sciences

How does the human brain work? Can computers or machines be made to think like brains and perform certain tasks, such as visual recognition, better? These are grand challenge science issues being addressed by Physics Division neuro and cognitive scientists.

As world leaders in superconducting quantum interference devices, we perform whole-head magnetoencephalography and identify regions of the brain where neural activity is present.

As pioneers in ultra-low field magnetic resonance imaging, we were the first researchers to perform simultaneous magnetoencephalography and ultra-low field magnetic resonance imaging of the human brain.

Our growing understanding of the brain is driving research in biologically inspired sensor development and "neuromimetic," or mimicking the neural current spike activity, computing.