The Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre (M-BIC) is a research center founded by the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience of Maastricht University. It offers research facilities that were newly established within the Brains Unlimited project, including high (3 Tesla) and ultra-high (7 and 9.4 Tesla) magnetic fields MR scanners. The research core of M-BIC is formed by the Cognitive Neuroscience field, one of the four departments through which the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience conducts its research.
The research is divided in nine research units, that focus on (and are led by):
M-BIC staff members contribute to teaching in the bachelor's programme in Psychology, as well as the one-year master’s programme in Psychology. They also contribute to the two-year Research Master Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, which is run by FPN, FHML, and SBE.
M-BIC staff members also do all the teaching in the M-BIC graduate school. The M-BIC graduate school is set up primarily to teach M-BIC PhD students skills and in-depth background that will facilitate and enrich their research. For M-BIC PhD students, following (part of) these courses is from now on a requirement on the way to the Maastricht University PhD diploma. However, the courses are also open to other PhD students, both from within our own university and from other universities. For more information on offered courses and contact persons, please click here.
“Our brain is a universe, and that universe I want to understand.”
“What makes our research innovative is the combination of high-end technology on the MRI side, together with classical psychological research and advanced computational methods.”
“By disrupting a certain area of the brain while carrying out a task, like identifying pictures, you can determine whether this region is really necessary in order to perform the task.”
Last week Dr. Benedikt Poser of the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience (CN) at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN) received word from the NWO (Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research) that his team received the NWO Investment Subsidy Medium grant (MaGW) from the NWO’s division of Social Sciences and Humanities.
The M-BIC lectures take place in the auditorium of the M-BIC (Oxfordlaan 55, Maastricht), at 16.00 CET and are followed by an informal reception.
Upcoming M-BIC lectures for 2018
Monday 19 February
Thomas F. Münte, Uniklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Lübeck, Germany
Deep Brain Stimulation – what can we learn for cognitive neuroscience?
Monday 19 March
Siegfried Trattnig, Centre of Excellence “High-Field MR” of the Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Ultrahigh field MR (7 Tesla): Where does it make the difference?
Monday 23 April
Blomert lecture: Stanislas Dehaene, Collège de France and INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, France
The languages of the brain: language, mathematics and human singularity
Monday 14 May
Jody Culham, Department of Psychology; Brain and Mind Institute; Western University Ontario, Canada
"The treachery of images": How the realness of objects and actions affects brain activation and behavior”
Monday 25 June (this lecture was first scheduled for December 2017)
Birte Forstmann, Integrative Model-based Cognitive Neuroscience (IMCN) research unit, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Strategic decision-making in the human subcortex measured with UHF-MRI
Monday 17 September (moved here from 9 April)
Hartwig Siebner, Head Research of Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen, Denmark
The state is the art: targeting and shaping functional brain networks with transcranial non-invasive brain stimulation.
Past M-BIC lectures