We are a research intensive department, at a world class university, where teaching and scholarly enquiry go hand in hand.
We are experimental psychologists using cognitive and behavioural neuroscience approaches to examine a range of fundamental issues in cognitive and biological psychology. We use a variety of techniques with both humans and non-human animals to understand psychological processes. These techniques include fMRI, TMS, EEG, eye-movement tracking, computational modelling, single-cell electrophysiology, and pharmacological and transgenic manipulations to the CNS.
Our research investigates the developmental origins of perceptual, cognitive, and social abilities using cutting-edge methods including immersive virtual reality, motion capture, eye-tracking, thermal imaging, and 4D ultrasound imaging, as well as more standard perceptual and cognitive measures. It ranges from the basic to the applied, from the earliest stages of life to adolescence, and studies both typical and atypical development (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Williams syndrome).
We adopt different levels of analysis and study physiological and brain processes, interpersonal processes, and cultural processes to uncover the foundations of human judgement and behaviour. We also seek to translate basic science into solutions to tackle organisational and societal challenges.