Cognitive Neuroscience Center (CNC) High-quality measurements and analyses of brain structure and activity Facility
We provide high-quality measurements and analyses of brain structure and activity using a diversity of cutting-edge technologies. Founded in 2002, the CNC is a research facility where people from the UMCG, the RUG, and external users collaborate, combining a variety of disciplines including medicine, psychology, linguistics, biology, and artificial intelligence.

The main aim of our center is to understand the neural basis of cognitive and emotional functioning during development and ageing using different modalities including fMRI, EEG, NIRS, and neurostimulation.

We focus on different research topics:

  • Diverse psychiatric disorders including depression and schizophrenia
  • Cognitive Aging
  • Attentional and emotional control
  • Visual perception
  • Food perception
  • Language acquisition
  • Neurofeedback
  • Motor control

We are uniquely placed for a wide variety of (brain) studies. We collaborate with the Department of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology to support integration of PET and MR studies. Besides data acquisition, the CNC supports researchers with analyses and statistics and can provide a workplace environment with its own servers for (guest) researchers. Furthermore, the CNC offers commercial partners a complete brain research ‘package’ encompassing acquisition, analysis and reporting.


Understanding the abilities and limitations of the human brain

The fundamental research at the CNC is primarily aimed at discovering differences that may underlie mental illness, such as dementia, depression, or schizophrenia. In the long run, we hope to develop and contribute to a future toolbox for optimal patient care.


We support data acquisition and data analysis for researchers from the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), the University of Groningen, and other parties, including clinical research organisations. Although the principal focus is on functional brain research, other types of MR scans are supported as well.

Booking information

Please contact us for booking information depending on the modality you get the information you need. Let us know what modality you want to book. Before the project can start, an intake will be organised to discuss possible training and plans.

Please find our contact details below.


  • The CNC has ample dedicated scan time at its disposal on the Siemens Prisma 3T scanner in collaboration with the Radiology Department of the UMCG. State-of-the-art sequences are available for functional and structural MRI, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and diffusion weighted imaging (DTI). An MR-compatible eye-tracker and an MR- compatible force-transducer and MR-compatible ergometer are available as well. A dummy scanner is available to train subjects and make them acquainted to the scanner environment.

  • Two independent cabins are available for EEG measurements, which are performed with a 64-channel EEG amplifier (TMSI Refa 8-64/72). We also have the possibility for parallel measurements on site of up to 8 participants using 40-channel Refa systems.

  • Two NIRS machines (NIRx) are available to simultaneously measure NIRS and EEG. The 32-channel EEG / 16-channel NIRS caps are suitable for simultaneous transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The NIRS mobile (NIRx Medical Technologies) can be used both indoors and outdoors, for instance while biking.

  • The CNC has two fully equipped TMS labs with a MagStim Rapid stimulator and a Medtronic MagPro 100 stimulator. Four coils are available: Two figure-of-eight coils, a round coil, and a placebo coil. The CNC has ample experience with TMS studies and has carried out three full clinical trials in psychiatric patients over the past 8 years.

  • The CNC has multiple labs to measure behavioural performance. Eye-trackers (Eyelink 1000) are available to study both eye movements and changes in pupil dilation. In collaboration with Experimental Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, and Ophthalmology, we developed an innovative method (pupil dilation deconvolution) to isolate and track mental effort at a high temporal resolution. A variety of stimulus software is available such as E-prime, Matlab and Open Sesame.


Antonius Deusinglaan 2
9713 AW Groningen
The Netherlands