Behavioural Neuroscience research within the School has a broad scope that includes: behavioural analysis of the processes of attention, learning, memory, and motivational processes; through to understanding the neural systems upon which these processes depend, and the genetic mechanisms that are involved. Our research is concerned both with understanding these processes in the healthy organism, and in various disease states. We have strong links within the School (Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging Science) with others within the University (Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute).
Our research is organised into four themes:
- What are the neural systems and processes that underlie learning?
- What are the conceptual mechanisms involved in learning?
- What neural substrates support memory?
- Are there distinct forms of memory or memory process?
- How do our genes interact with our lifetime experiences?
- How does our genetic make-up mediate our susceptibility to disease?
- What are the motivational processes that mediate behaviour?
- What neural systems underpin motivational processes?