The CNL was established in 1997 with a staff of two - the Principal Investigator and a research assistant fresh out of his 'A' Levels. From these modest beginnings, we have grown to a 20-member group as of March 2011, with many fulfilling collaborations and affiliations as well as several well-placed alumni.
From 1997 to the end of 2003, the CNL performed functional imaging research in the domain of bilingualism and language processing. It was our goal to elucidate the neural basis for differentiating persons adept at learning a second language from cognitively-matched persons who have difficulty doing this.
The lab switched focus to studying sleep deprivation and healthy cognitive aging. While motivated by a desire to improve human health, the differentiating feature of our research is that it comes from the perspective of maximizing human performance as opposed to managing disease. This approach has the potential to improve the well-being of the majority of the population -- an aspect of healthcare that has historically been subordinate to helping those afflicted with disease.