School of Psychology Research

Cognitive science

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The Cognitive Psychology theme comprises two collaborative groupings interested in understanding the workings of the brain at a functional level.

Cognitive science is, broadly, the study of how information is processed in the brain. We address a range of questions such as: how early sensory information is perceived and understood; how decisions are made; how learning organises information; how memory arises. 

There are strong links between the groups and with the other research themes in the School, which are especially enriching for our research environment. For example,studying cognitive development connects us with Developmental Science, and the neuroscience of Perception and Action connects us with Imaging Science and Cognitive Neuroscience

Links to our centres, research groups & institutes

Perception and action

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We study vision, hearing, touch, balance and motor control and decisions. Our aim is to understand how perceptual information is processed, how it influences actions, how voluntary and automatic actions are generated, and how actions influence perception in return.

We use methodologies including psychophysics, eye movement recording, computational modelling, fMRI and MEG.

We collaborate extensively with each other and with members of other research groupings, including Imaging Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and Developmental and Health Psychology.

Cognitive psychology

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We study learning, remembering, language, reasoning, decision making and the perception of causality. As well as focussing on basic theoretical questions, the group has input into applied aspects of human performance such as the impact of brain damage on face recognition.

Our collaborations extend to other groupings, including Cognitive Neuroscience, Perception and Action, Social Psychology and Developmental and Health Psychology.