Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience


About ICN

Welcome to the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience! Here you will find a brief history of the institute, our contact details and information on the ICN vacancies.

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. 

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ICN's History

Learn about the history of the institute

People at ICN

ICN's Vacancies

Learn about current vcacancies at the ICN

Sophie Scott

ICN's voice

Listen to interviews with our researchers

ICN History

Mind The Brain

Conference organised by the ICN

Contact Us

Address: Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AZ

Tel: +44 20 7679 1177

E-mail: ah.reception@ucl.ac.uk

ICN Administration


Sophie Scott

Director, Speech Comunication Group Leader



+44 20 7679 1144

Sophie Scott

Mairéad MacSweeney

Deputy Director, Visual Communication Group Leader



+44 20 7679 1157

Mairead MacSweeney


Anouchka Sterling

ICN Administrative Manager



+44 20 7679 5382

Anouchka Sterling