The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) is a joint venture of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Our center leverages the strengths of the University of Pittsburgh in basic and clinical neuroscience and those of Carnegie Mellon in cognitive and computational neuroscience to support a coordinated cross-university research and educational program of international stature. In addition to our Ph.D. program in Neural Computation, we sponsor a graduate certificate program in cooperation with a wide variety of affiliated Ph.D. programs.
We are the world’s most exciting and neighborly playground for pioneering research and training in the neural basis of cognition.
Advance world-class, highly integrative research on the neural basis of cognition.
Train the next generation of leaders who can skillfully integrate brain and behavior.
Energize the community with a palpable camaraderie, collaborative spirit, and shared vision of something larger than its separate parts.
Extend our community outward through synergistic partnerships that realize the benefits of CMU-Pitt institutional cooperation.
Curiosity: We stretch beyond traditional boundaries, engage with creative ideas, innovate new methods, and share personal perspectives in our quest to understand the neural basis of cognition.
Impact: We produce deep and sustained scholarship that is at the forefront of scientific discovery, yields knowledge that benefits society, and models best–practices in education and mentorship.
Collaboration: We hold that by joining forces across intellectual disciplines, departments, and institutions we can advance our science and training far beyond what can be accomplished individually.
Diversity: We believe that diversity—in thought and identity—drives innovation. We recognize, respect, and value the educational and research backgrounds embodied in our community and the cultural backgrounds and social identities that shape our motivations, communication styles, and ideas as scientists.
Inclusive Excellence: We strive to identify, understand, and respect the needs of all members with training and support that promotes scientific, professional, and personal growth and success at all career stages.
Community: We cultivate a collective sense of belonging to forge lasting scholarly partnerships and professional networks that fuel innovative science across our diverse membership.
Integrity: We adhere to the highest standards of open and ethical behavior and conduct, personally and professionally, in our commitment to the mission and vision of the CNBC.