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Research areas

Our Research Areas

Bringing together cognitive neuroscientists, clinical neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, psychopharmacologists, sports and exercise psychologists, the CCN carries out cutting edge research in several interdisciplinary areas including

Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Vision – attention, perception, and visual cognition
  • Action – motor control, decision making, executive control, and performance (e.g., sport)
  • Language – components and underlying mechanisms
  • Written expression – underlying mechanisms of handwriting difficulties
  • Social cognition – multimodal emotion perception

Clinical and Forensic Neuroscience

  • Dementias and brain injury
  • Developmental and acquired language disorders
  • Agnosias and synaesthesia
  • Schizophrenia, autism, and mood disorders
  • Antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy
  • Genetics of psychopathy and psychosis
  • Genetics of eating behaviour
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and motor difficulties in children

Cognitive Psychopharmacology and Addiction

  • Oxytocin
  • Anxiolytics
  • Antipsychotics
  • Alcohol
  • Psychostimulants (e.g., caffeine, nicotine, amphetamine, and cannabis)

Rehabilitation and Neuroplasticity

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Interventions for DCD, cerebral palsy, and stroke
  • Promotion of healthy ageing
  • Enhancing sports performance (e.g., using music)