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WICN in Cardiff

WICN supported the appointment of two new professors in cognitive neuroscience. They are Professor Andrew Lawrence and Professor Kim Graham. Both were previously at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (MRC-CBU) in Cambridge. They have been instrumental in developing cognitive neuroscience research programs in Cardiff, using brain imaging as well studies of patients with neurological problems. WICN funding helped to develop new office and research facilities for WICN staff. The facilities include 10 new research laboratories equipped with PCs and dedicated software for data acquisition and analysis.

WICN funded projects have provided an important stimulus for the development and long-term sustainability of the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC). Over 50 WICN-funded projects have involved use of the CUBRIC imaging facilities. 6 WICN fellows were appointed, and they have been pivotal in developing the distributed onsite knowledge-base in efficient and optimal functional brain imaging analysis approaches, as well as working on collaborative research projects. The WICN Chairs have also initiated the development of a Community Participant Panel and genetic data acquisition, providing key resources for cognitive and clinical neuroscience research, as well as the basis for strengthening links between the School of Psychology, the School of Psychological Medicine and the new Neurosciences and Mental Health Institute.

Two markers of the success of WICN to date are (i) high-profile publications arising from WICN funded projects, and (ii) follow-on grant funding that will ensure that WICN continues to develop after the initial funding period has ceased.

Selected Publications

Publications involving WICN Chairs and Fellows include:

Graham, K.S.,  Barense, M.D. & Lee, A.C.H. (2010).  Going beyond LTM in the MTL: a synthesis of neuropsychological and neuroimaging findings on the role of the medial temporal lobe in memory and perception.  Neuropsychologia

Greve, A., Evans, J.C., Doidge, A., & Wilding, E.L. (2010). Functional neuroanatomy supporting judgments of when events occurred. Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 7099-7014. 

Tapper K, Pothos E.M., Lawrence A.D. (2010). Feast your eyes: hunger and trait reward drive predict attentional bias for food cues. Emotion.

Hahn, U. and Warren, P.A. (2009). Perceptions of randomness: Why three heads are better than four. Psychological Review, 116, 706-711.

Grant Funding

New grants arising from WICN-funded research involving Cardiff includes:

Graham, K, Downing, P and Mundy, M (2011).  Differentiating the contributions of domain-specific regions within the medial temporal lobe and extrastriate cortex to perception.  BBSRC (BB/1007091/1). £1,008,401.

Sumner, P. , Husain, M., Singh, K.D. & Rafal, R. See it, grab it: Control of automatic sensorimotor processes in health and disease. Wellcome Trust, £425K.

Wilding, E.L. Refining models of memory retrieval via real-time measures of neural activity. Biological and Behavioural Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), £250K