A breakthrough discovery
at HKU has deepened
our understanding of the
‘heart’ of the brain – the hippocampus – and opened
a new therapeutic path for
brain-related diseases.

The Active Life of

the Brain at Rest

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Genetic variations that affect the structure and function
of the brain are helping scientists better understand the mechanisms of brain disorders, such as schizophrenia and major depression.

The Roots of Disorder

Experiments using signals delivered to the unconscious mind have reduced the physical effects of phobia. The findings have implications for treatment and for our understanding of human consciousness.

One Consciousness, Undivided

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Engineers working at the
brain-computer interface are developing technologies that enable people to control computer activity and even robotic devices with their minds, and reduce pain.

Up for Grabs

How we see objects in the world may depend on what we are looking at. This finding is upending our understanding of the workings of the brain.

Vision Challenged


Secrets of the Brain

Unravelling the complexities of the brain is a difficult task, but research by engineers, scientists and psychologists at HKU is helping to deepen our understanding. They are challenging previously-held notions, such as the idea that the brain is inactive when at rest and that certain regions of the brain operate independently of others. They are shedding new light on brain disorders. And they are exploring the brain-computer interface to help people with disabilities.