There is a wide range of cognitive resources that are employed by MNC’s research investigations. These resources are invaluable as they provide a means of measuring specific cognitive functions that can be linked to particular brain structures or pathways. Further, poor test performance can also provide an indirect means of demonstrating brain dysfunction. Aspects of cognitive functioning that are typically assessed by MNC investigators include intelligence, attention, language, memory and executive functions (problem solving and planning skills).
There are also resources specially designed to use in the fMRI environment, which allow task requirements to be monitored and manipulated whilst individuals are participating in the fMRI investigations. A new and important resource recently acquired by the MNC for this purpose is a system designed to track eye-movements, which can be used to ensure that the participant is attending to and performing the task appropriately. Such resources include tasks used in studies where specific moods are induced or when emotional stimuli are presented.