Our research in psychology and cognitive neuroscience addresses issues related to decision making, attention, perception, and motivation that drive behaviour. Cognitive processes are studied using both psychophysical and behavioural methods and methods to record brain activity in humans (functional MRI, high density EEG) and animals (electrophysiology).
Our work on animal behaviour includes both field and laboratory studies, and span invertebrate behaviour which is based on simple nervous systems, one of the largest research groups studying behaviour in birds, and welfare issues studied by behavioural measures of affective state in non-verbalising individuals (babies and animals).
Neurocognitive processes are studied in normal individuals and those with specific dysfunction in perception, such as body dysmorphia. Research in clinical psychology includes characterisation of cognitive style in various mental health disorders, including bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders, and using this to develop new cognitive behavioural therapies.
This research theme can be sub-divided into sub-themes which provide the focus for more specific research expertise: