The Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (CNL) is based at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It started as a small research group in 2004, and rapidly became one of the leading research laboratories in Romanian cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

Our research focuses on emotion and cognition, aiming to integrate psychological and biological perspectives in order to understand emotional resilience and vulnerability. Therefore, we are using a wide array of methods, from genotyping and neuroendocrine assays to autonomic psychophysiology and optical neuroimaging, in studies on healthy volunteers and patients with emotional disorders.

CNL has a multidisciplinary team that includes cognitive psychologists and clinical psychologists, medical doctors and biologists, as well as an expanding network of international collaborations that includes researchers from cognitive science, behavior genetics and neuroeconomics.

CNL is open to recruiting new students every year. Most of the current lab members started their activity in the CNL during their undergraduate studies and continued their work in the lab throughout their masters and PhD studies. CNL is committed to the interdisciplinary training of psychology students and the development of the Romanian research community in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience.





03/2016 O nouă cercetare despre comportamentul social la adolescenți

Poţi lua parte la această cercetare dacă:

  • eşti băiat;
  • tocmai ai împlinit sau urmează să împlineşti 13 ani în 2016;
  • primeşti din partea unui părinte sau a unui adult în grija căruia te afli acordul semnat pentru participarea la cercetare (formularul aici).


Este important să ştii că participarea implică două vizite la Laboratorul de Neuroştiinţe Cognitive, situat în cartierul Grigorescu, strada Fântânele, nr. 30

  • Prima vizită se face în grupuri de câte 10 adolescenţi şi presupune completarea câtorva chestionare care durează cam 30 de minute.
  • A doua vizită se face în grupuri de 2-3 adolescenţi, durează 30-40 de minute şi presupune:
    • participarea la un joc online, alături de adolescenţi de vârsta ta;
    • participarea la un scurt interviu după finalizarea jocului;
    • recoltarea a două probe de salivă pentru determinarea nivelului de testosteron (mai multe info despre testosteron)


Pentru ca noi să te putem contacta, te rugăm să completezi acest formular scurt cu datele tale.

A member of our laboratory has won a free ticket to the 6th Conference of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania

A member of our laboratory has just won the logo design competition for the 6th Conference of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania! The prize, awarded to Simina Pitur, will consist in a free ticket to this international event which will take place in October, in the city of Bucharest. Find out more both about the conference and about the contest on the official page, here: http://snn2015.snn.ro/

08/2015 The „Young Researchers in Science and Technology” Award

The first edition of the „Young Researchers in Science and Technology” Award (https://www.facebook.com/TineriCercetatoriStiintaInginerie…) was organized this year, aiming to recognize recent Romanian achievements in scientific research. This competition was initiated and organized through the efforts of Professor Rada Mihalcea of the University of Michigan, being supported by the Cluj-Napoca City Hall and several sponsors. We are happy that the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory received the First Prize!


08/2015 New study published in PLOS ONE

New study on gene-environment interactions in shame and guilt-proneness in adolescents, now published in PLOS ONE!

The article is free access, so feel free to download it: 


04/2015 Andrei Miu will be speaking at the Healthcare, Education and Research Talks

Andrei Miu will be speaking at the Healthcare, Education and Research Talks, organized by the local Medical Student Organization (OSM), as part of the European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA). His talk will focus on genes and emotional disorders, illustrating the shift from diathesis-stress to differential susceptibility models in psychopathology research.

More herehttp://heart.osmcluj.ro/andrei-miu/

03/2015 At the International Convention of Psychological Science

We have just returned from the International Convention of Psychological Science, which took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, between March 12-14, 2015. We would like to share our two posters presented there:



02/2015 Article published in "Personality and Individual Differences"

New article on religiosity, emotion and moral decision making published in Personality and Individual Differences. The article can be freely downloaded until April 19, using this link:http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1QZL1heKdPzbb

Reference: Szekely, R. D., Opre, A., & Miu, A. C. (2015). Religiosity enhances emotion and deontological choice in moral dilemmas. Personality and Individual Differences 79, 104–109.




02/2015 Emotions: From Genes to Brain

"EMOTIONS: FROM GENES TO BRAIN": that's the name of the Brain Awareness Week series of events that the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory will organize this year, with support from the Dana Foundation (seehttp://www.fens.org/…/Brain-Awarene…/Brain-Awareness-Week11/). Mark 16-22 March 2015 in your calendar and stay connected to find out details through our facebook page of the event: https://www.facebook.com/bawcluj2015

12 / 2014 Paper to be presented at the 2015 Conference of the American Economic Association

Neuroeconomics paper to be presented at the 2015 Conference of the American Economic Association, the largest and most selective economics conference in the world. The Conference will take place in January 2015, in Boston.

Part of an ongoing cooperation between CNL and the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, this study shows the impact of socio-economic status on decision making in an experimental investment task.

Reference: Socioeconomic Status and Learning from Financial Information
CAMELIA M. KUHNEN (University of North Carolina)
ANDREI MIU (Babes-Bolyai University)

02/2015 Chapter on emotion regulation to be published

A new chapter on emotion regulation and moral decision-making will be published in the book "Handbook on Emotion Regulation: Processes, Cognitive Effects and Social Consequences", in press at Nova Science.
The manuscript is available for download on ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/…/272091518_Bridging_cognition….

Reference: Raluca D. Szekely, & Andrei C. Miu (2015). Bridging cognition and emotion in moral decision making: Role of emotion regulation. In M. L. Bryant (Ed.): Handbook on Emotion Regulation: Processes, Cognitive Effects and Social Consequences. Nova Science, in press.

11/2014 Article accepted in Psychoneuroendocrinology

Our article "Emotional non-acceptance links early life stress and blunted cortisol reactivity to social threat" in Psychoneuroendocrinology was featured on MDLinx.com.

See: http://www.mdlinx.com/family-medicine/medical-news-article/2014/11/06/early-life-stress-cortisol-emotion-regulation/5650112/