The Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad has established a National Neuroimaging Facility, which is the first of its kind in a University set up in India. The Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences received a large- scale grant from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India to establish this facility. The salient feature of this facility is the 3 Tesla functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scanner as well as other labs to study brain and cognition. As a UGC Centre for excellence, CBCS is equipped with labs for cognitive neuroscience research with EEG/ERP systems, transcranial magnetic stimulation, the National Neuroimaging facility and the Primate Neurophysiology Lab. The inauguration of the facility happened on February 2nd, 2019 in the Senate Hall Campus of the University. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forest and Climate change, Government of India was the Chief Guest on this the occasion. The foundation stone for the facility was laid by Professor Rattan Lal Hangloo, the Honourable Vice Chancellor, University of Allahabad, who was also in attendance.
The Neuroimaging facility will be used to investigate and understand the brain networks underlying various cognitive processes like attention, emotion, memory, language, perception action, and decision-making. Further, the projects where this facility will be majorly utilized would involve studying the effect of different mediation practices on neural circuitry associated with different cognitive processes, development of cognitive control brain networks in young children. Studies using this facility will also investigate the neural networks associated with cognitive-affective control, as a function of ageing in older adults.