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Department of Cognitive Science

KIT-Macquarie Brain Research Laboratory

Researchers with MEG acquisition systemsMagnetoencephalography (MEG) is a technique for measuring and visualizing the working human brain. MEG measurements allow us to study how the brain is able to produce the contents and processes of the mind - sensations and perceptions, language, cognitions, and emotions. It also allows us to study how these mental processes may be disrupted when the brain fails to function normally.

Importantly, MEG measures brain activity in a way that has no effect on the brain or the body. The MEG instrument works using highly sensitive detectors that measure the magnetic signals naturally produced by the human brain and body. It works like a very sensitive microphone, which is a device that detects sounds but does not produce sounds or signals of its own. Since the MEG gives off no signal or field of any kind, it cannot possibly cause any harm.

Since MEG is completely safe it is uniquely suitable for routine study of human brain function in adults and children. The KIT-Macquarie Brain Research Laboratory is currently the only MEG facility in the Southern Hemisphere and has both an adult MEG system and a second system customized for pre-school children.

We carry out research on human brain function in (1) normal adults; (2) adults with neurological or psychiatric disorders; (3) normally developing children; (4) children with developmental disorders.

Child in MEG System
Child in MEG System

Measurement of Neuromagnetic Brain Function In Pre-school Children With Custom Sized MEG

Using the first child MEG system in the world, researchers from the Department of Cognitive Science and CLaS have developed an innovative experimental protocol to study cognitive and language processes in healthy, awake children.