Kognitions- og Neuropsykologi – Københavns Universitet

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Kognitions- og Neuropsykologi



Group overview

Lab meetings

We have lab meetings every Friday afternoon, a tradition that has been kept over 15 years. Here researchers at the center take turns presenting their current projects or we invite external speakers for new input. Practical matters, especially concerning lab equipment and social events, are also coordinated at these meetings. Interested students are welcome to participate. 

Lab Meeting Schedule

If you want to join our mailing-list for more info, please send a request to: anders.petersen@psy.ku.dk


The research group is characterized by a number of partly overlapping research lines within cognitive psychology, cognitive and clinical neuropsychology, cognitive neuropsychiatry, infant social cognition, psychometrics and cognitive neuroscience.

The main shared interests in the group are experimental test methods, visual and attentional processes (modeling oriented as well as clinical), memory processes and executive functioning, recovery and rehabilitation after brain injury, utilization of neuroscientific animal-models, cognitive testing of clinical populations (e.g., acquired brain damage, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and depression), and physiological investigation methods (EEG, eye tracking/pupillometry, functional and structural MRI). The research activities of the group are supported by in-house lab facilities (including a lab manager) that are suitable for most studies in the group, with MRI investigations as an exception. MRI investigations and clinical recruitment depend on various external collaborations, typically with the university hospitals of Copenhagen. The group aims to systematize these collaborations, especially with regards to MRI research. 

The group currently consists of 14 senior members and a number of PhD students and postdocs, most of whom is on the same location (4thfloor of the Dept. of Psychology). Junior staff is financed by several large external grants, mainly from FKK, Lundbeckfonden, EU, KU-2016 funds, and Synoptikfonden. Furthermore, a number of fundraising activities are planned in the coming years to sustain and develop the economic basis and size of the group.

Group activities

Besides many ad-hoc meetings in our different subgroups and projects, the entire group meets Friday afternoons for presentations and discussions of one or two current research projects. Presentations are made by internal staff as well as external guests (both junior or senior) (see also lab meetings, as specified above).

The Steering Group (senior members) meets once every month to discuss possibilities for research collaboration, other initiatives to develop the group, and management of shared resources (technical, staff-based, and economic). One of the senior members is appointed group coordinator and is responsible for leading the internal meetings as well as representing the research group in relation to the department leadership.

General aims of the group

The research group aims to be internationally leading within its different research foci, as for example reflected in many high-level publications and international collaborations. In terms of societal impact the group aims to be the leading Danish knowledge center for cognition and neuropsychology, as for example reflected in media coverage and influence on public policy. 

Concerning internal research collaboration, the group aims to support the projects of the individual senior researchers (see below) by:

  1. Setting up joint studies and grant applications where relevant
  2. Providing shared lab resources for empirical studies
  3. Having regular forums for scientific discussions, feedback, and external inputs
  4. Offering a good learning environment for junior research staff, including social activities

In relation to teaching, the group aims to:

  • Provide a coordinated education track in cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, and related areas from the beginning of the Psychology education to the Master’s thesis and further on to PhD/postdoc levels and postgraduate teaching of clinical professionals.