Cognitive Neuroscience

University of Salzburg

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Core facility (CF)

Short Description

The equipment pool of the core facility includes devices to measure brain activity and structure (major device magnetic resonance imaging MRI), device to measure the magnetic activity of the brain (magnetoencephalograpy MEG), devices to measure brain waves (electroencephalography EEG, 1x 256-channel hdEEG, 1x stationary 64-channel system, 4x 32-channel systems, as well as 2 ambulatory EEG systems), biofeedback/neurofeedback (BFT/NFT) devices to train autonomic body functions and brain waves (3 stationary NFTs, 3 ambulatory BFT/NFTs), as well as devices to record eye movements (eye movement cameras).
In addition to these major devices, the EEG-cluster comes with network- and hardware-dongle licenses for EEG analyses.

The “lab for sleep, cognition and consciousness research” additionally operates sensors for multi-channel recording (polysomnography), as well as actigraphs to evaluate sleep-wake rhythms and 2 infrared cameras. Furthermore, the EEG cluster is equipped with a new hdEEG system with 256 channels as well as a corresponding physio-box for external physiological sensors required for sleep- and long term recordings. The system is equipped with EEG caps for short- and long-term recordings and additionally allows recordings with newborns.

The equipment pool enables scientific research on questions regarding cognitive neuroscience. The eye movement cameras allow assessment of the position of the gaze of participants with a very high temporal and spatial resolution (2000Hz sampling rate;
< 0.5° accuracy). The EEG allows assessment of human brain waves with a very high temporal resolution (1000Hz sampling rate). The MEG allows measurements of magnetic brain activity with high temporal and spatial resolution. The MRI allows the spatial localization of neural correlates of cognitive processes. The co-registration of eye movements and brain activity (EEG, MEG and fMRI) allows research with a high ecological validity.

Contact Person

Prof. Dr. Florian Hutzler

Research Services

Visual word recognition
Parafoveal preprocessing in reading, learning to read and dyslexia
Neural correlates of face perception
Fixation-related brain potentials
Fixation-related functional MRI
MEG projects in the field of cognitive neuroscience
Top-down processes in the auditory system (e.g. after deafness or tinnitus)
Implementation of EEG projects for learning during sleep
Recording of long-term polysomnography of patients in vegetative state for diagnostic improvement and possibly prognostics realization of acoustic EEG paradigms (for example, in the clinical research with patients in vegetative state or during sleep)
‘Baby study' with hdEEG directly after birth

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

The techniques of MRI, EEG, MEG and eye movement recordings enable research of “mind and brain“ at the interface of cognitive science and neurology. The integration of cognitive science and neuroscience (cognitive neuroscience) promises a better understanding of mental and verbal competences, as well as a substantiated understanding of cognitive disorders. Besides basic research in specific fields (memory, mentalizing, language, number processing) the devices are required for research on specific disorders like learning disorders in children, cognitive disorders in neurological patients and their rehabilitation, dementia in old age, language development in children with a cochlea implant. With the focus on specific disorders, students are provided with a broad research-related perspective on application in different practical fields like neuropsychology, developmental and pedagogical psychology and developmental neuropsychology.

The work group “Oscillations, Brain and Thinking“ in addition to the (i) EEG-Lab for brain oscillations, operates a (ii) Lab for sleep and consciousness research ( as well as a (iii) physiological sport lab. The EEG-Lab works on the complex oscillatory EEG correlates of attention and memory processes. The “Lab for sleep and consciousness research” dedicates its work to the interplay between sleep, dreams and memory processing during sleep as well as research on residual cognitive skills and consciousness in patients in vegetative state using EEG and sleep-polysomnography. Moreover, Baby-EEG is measured and assessed to which extent prenatal learning is detectable in newborns. The sport lab engages in physiological correlates with respect to preparation and execution of movement (e.g. darts or shooting sport with EEG). Neurofeedback is applied by all 3 labs for modification and enhancement of performance (e.g. sleep quality).


Prof. Dr. Florian Hutzler
Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience
0043 662 8044 5114
Please contact the research service of the University of Salzburg ( or the responsible contact person for this section mentioned further above in the contact section.
Department of Psychology, University of Salzburg
Department of Linguistics, University of Salzburg
Department of Sport Science and Kinesiology, University of Salzburg
Christian Doppler Clinic, Salzburg
""Apallic Care Unit"" Donauspital (Vienna)
""Apallic Care Unit"" Graz (Albert-Schweitzer-Klinik, Graz)
Kooperationspartner PLUS-CDK/SALK,
Hutzler F.
€ 1.500.000

"Eine Untersuchung von Entscheidungsverhalten mit Modell-basiertem fMRT“
Kronbichler M.
246.193,50 €

OeMEG: Magnetenzephalographie für Österreich
Hutzler F.
BM:WF (Hochschulraum-Strukturmittel)

Doctoral College "Imaging the Mind: consciousness, higher mental and social processes" (1st funding period)
Perner J.

Doctoral College “Imaging The Mind: Connectivity and Higher Cognitive Function” (2nd funding period)
Schabus M. - Deputy: Perner J.

START-Award: Consciousness research across healthy vigilance states and disorders of consciousness
Since 10/2014
Schabus M.

Brain-State Dependent Perception: Finding the Windows to Consciousness
Weisz N.
ERC Starting Grant

Word recognition in natural reading with parafoveal preview
Hutzler F.

Dyslexia: Longitudinal Study of Brain Dysfunctions
Kronbichler, M.

Network analysis of functional connectivity in patients with a disorder of consciousness
Kronbichler M.
Scientific Funds of the Paracelsus Private Medical University

Sensorimotor conditioning as a primary insomnia treatment
Schabus M.

Sleep and gross-motor learning in school aged children and adults
Since 09/2012
Hödlmoser K. & Birklbauer J.

The role of memory strength for processes of sleepassociated memory consolidation
Schabus M. & Bäuml K.H.

Sleep'n'cycle in children
Hödlmoser K.
Jacobs Foundation

Schlaf und kognitive Leistung bei Kindern
Hödlmoser K.

NewEat: Transdiagnostic views on eating disorders and obesity and new approaches for Treatment
(Starting Grant des European Research Council)
J. Blechert
European Research Council