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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.

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)