Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (UoA 4)

Almost all of the research in this UoA is officially classified as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

The following academic units form the submission to UoA 4:

  • Institute of Neuroscience
  • Institute for Ageing and Health

Within the Institutes our research is conducted under three broad research themes.


Systems neuroscience

  • Neurobiological basis of sensory, motor and cognitive functions
  • Neural networks in health and disease

Comparative cognition and behaviour

Clinical neurosciences

  • Lewy Body Dementia: Neurodegenerative diseases and Newcastle Biomedical Research Unit
  • Stroke and Stroke Research Group
  • Affective disorders

Research that translates into real world applications and into clinical research for patient benefit requires excellence in both underpinning basic science and clinical application, and an appropriately trained workforce. Therefore, our research involves collaborations between basic scientists, clinicians, health service professionals and engineers.

Find out about Institute of Neuroscience staff and Institute for Ageing and Health staff.

International impact

Our research in this area is making a positive impact on a global scale:

  • Protecting the public
  • Tackling dementia

Six case studies demonstrate the impact of our research:

Find out about all our REF 2014 results.