Computational Core

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The brain is a biological structure that has evolved to enable goal-directed, adaptive behavior. The BrainsCAN Computational Core focuses on cross-disciplinary research to uncover how processes in the brain solve the computational problems that ultimately give rise to intelligent behavior. We do so by developing and testing theories that are formulated in a mathematical, quantitative language. This is especially important, as behavioural, imaging and electrophysiological measurements are becoming increasingly complex. To solve these challenges we have assembled a team of scientists from a diverse set of backgrounds, including Neuroscience, Psychology, Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Math and Engineering.


Researchers in the computational core develop methods and theories that relate brain observations and behavior through formal, quantitative models. A special focus lies in the establishment of models that allow us to link observations in animal models to observations in the human brain.


Faculty and staff of the computational core support other BrainsCAN researchers in the developement and application on mathematical methods to understand the brain. We are providing training for PIs, PDs and graduate students in computational neuroscience.


We organise a Colloquium Series in Computational Neuroscience and bi-weekly Methods Lunches. To engage with students and researchers across disciplines, we are also participate in the global, annual BrainHack event.

Core Contact Information:

If you are a Western graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow or a principal investigator in the field of Neuroscience, Psychology, Neurology, ComputerScience, Statistics, Engineering and/or Applied Mathematics and you would like to learn more about the research and training opportunities available through the Computational Core, please contact:

Jörn Diedrichsen
Director, Computational Core
BrainsCAN, Western University