The mind and brain are two sides of the same coin, but the construction of a bridge between the two sides has only recently begun. Cognitive neuroscience is the manifestation of this project, and in this spirit Professor Emeritus Tim Shallice founded Europe's first Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in 1996, as part of the University College London. The ICN started off as a small “virtual" institute for several years, and only finished refurbishing its current home, Alexandra House, years later.
Throughout the years, the ICN has housed many group leaders and researchers that now established themselves as world authorities in their respective fields, attracting passionate students from all around the world to enjoy the unique opportunity to pursue its graduate programs or PhD’s. Currently the ICN is home to a small but passionate diversity of students, researchers, and staff members. With almost half of them being students - both MSc/MRes and PhD - ICN is a strongly youth-driven institute, which perhaps contributes to its continuing excellence in this continuously evolving field.