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The Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego has two distinct research agendas - a practical one and a theoretical one.

Our practical agenda: develop new therapeutic approaches for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric conditions such as chronic pain, stroke, anorexia and childhood autism.

Our theoretical agenda: understand the neural basis of perception, cognition, language, attention and memory.


Recent CBC Publications:
Edelstein M, Brang D, Rouw R, Ramachandran VS (2013). Misophonia: physiological investigations and case descriptions.. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2013; 7(296), 1-11, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00296
Brang D, Taich Z, Hillyard S, Grabowecky M, Ramachandran VS (2013). Parietal connectivity mediates multisensory facilitation. Neuroimage 2013; 9(78), 396-401, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.04.047
Smythies J, Edelstein L, Ramachandran V (2012). Hypotheses relating to the function of the claustrum. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience 2012; 6(53), doi 10.3389/fnint.2012.00053

Five recent papers examine the efficacy of mirror feedback in treating stroke hemiparesis, phantom pain, and visual neglect following right parietal stroke. The studies on hemiparesis and neglect were randomized placebo controled trials:
Iqbal A, Ayaz SB, Bibi S, Matee S (2015). Mirror visual feedback: a resolve to phantom limb pain in amputees. RMJ; 40(1): 116-118.
Hoff et al (2015). Augmenting mirror visual feedback-induced performance improvements in older adults. Eur J Neurosci.
Exendam, Bongers & Jannink (2009). Systematic review of the effectiveness of mirror therapy in upper extremity function. Disability and Rehabilitation; 31(26): 2135–2149
Samuelkamaleshkumar (2014). Mirror Therapy Enhances Motor Performance in the Paretic Upper Limb After Stroke: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Pandian, Arora et al (2014). Mirror therapy in unilateral neglect after stroke (MUST trial): a randomized controlled trial. Neurology. Sep 9;83(11):1012-7.
V.S. Ramachandran is the director of the Center for Brain and Cognition.

V.S. Ramachandran has been elected honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FRCP), England's most prestigious medical society. Fewer than 20 are awarded internationally each year.
In 2011, Time Magazine named V.S. Ramachandran one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

V.S. Ramachandran's newest book, The Tell-Tale Brain, is now available in bookstores and online at amazon.com.