School of Psychology Research

Neuroscience

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The Neuroscience Theme comprises three collaborative groups interested in the biological and psychological foundations of cognition.

We study normal behaviour and disordered cognition in animals and humans, as well as the genetic predispositions and pathological pathways underlying of common neurological disorders, such as frontotemporal dementia.

There are strong links between all three groups with many collaborative projects. There are also strong interdisciplinary links with other research themes in the School and with both the MRC Centre in Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics and other members of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute.

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Behavioural neuroscience

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We analyse the processes of attention, cognition, emotion, 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 with understanding these processes both in the healthy organism, and in various disease states.

We have strong links within the School (e.g. Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging Science) as well as with others within the University (e.g. Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute & MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics & Genomics).

Cognitive neuroscience

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Our work spans normal and neuropsychological studies into the neural mechanisms of memory, perception, attention, decision making, action control and social communication. We have strong links with other groups in the School (e.g., Imaging Science, Perception and Action, Behavioural Neuroscience and Mental Health), researchers elsewhere in the University (Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute).

Imaging science

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We research into imaging optimisation, neurophysiological imaging and neurotransmitter function and clinical and cognitive imaging. We use cutting-edge imaging technologies to investigate structure and function in the human body, with a key focus on neuroscience. Our research encompasses the development of new acquisition and analysis methods and their optimal application in basic, cognitive and clinical neuroscience.

A key theme is multi-modal neuroimaging, recognising the substantial benefits from combining the insights that different methods offer. Most research staff in the Imaging Science group use two or more of our core technologies, which are MRI, MEG, EEG and TMS. These are all housed in a single research facility, CUBRIC. The Imaging Science group research has strong collaborative links with other groups (e.g. Behavioural Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Perception and Action).