The Brain and Behaviour Laboratory (BBL) is a multidisciplinary center to study the cerebral bases of human mental functions, emotions, and behaviour as well as dysfunctions due to neurological or psychiatric diseases.

The BBL brings together a wide range of cutting-edge techniques from neuroscience and psychophysiology to measure brain activity, as well as peripheral body changes and complex motor or social behaviour, in experimentally controlled conditions. Accordingly, the center also brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers from medicine, psychology, informatics, biology, and many other fields. It was officially opened by UNIGE on March 12th 2009.

It is the first laboratory of its kind to combine an extraordinarily large diversity of methodologies and disciplines allowing scientists to carry out research into cognition, emotion, consciousness, sleep and dreams, both in health and in diseases.

BBL researchers combine various imaging and behavioural techniques (such as fMRI, DTI, EES, TMS, etc). They study the biology of the human mind under many different facets – including how the brain produces thoughts and emotions, both when awake or sleeping, how it reacts to music, including how much music helps it deal with pain, how it makes decisions or choices, how it can be influenced by hypnosis, as well as how these various mental processes may be affected in neurological or psychiatric conditions, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer disease, autism, or depression.

The BBL is managed by the Swiss Center of Affective Sciences at UNIGE, created as a National Center for Competence in Research (NCCR) by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) in 2006.





For more information about the BBL, please contact the Lab Manager.