Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU)
The CNRU comprises researchers interested in human cognition, specifically in understanding the relationship between brain activity and human behaviour.
Our research covers a wide range of research topics, including:
- visual and tactile attention
- body and action representation
- multisensory integration
- working memory
- and temporal perception.
Cognitive neuroscientists generally employ a variety of techniques, including:
- neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG or MEG)
- transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
- and the study of neurological patients, in order to explore the functional mechanisms of human cognition.
At the CNRU we are particularly interested in the use of EEG and TMS, in addition to measures of human behaviour (e.g. response times, response errors, and eye movements).
In our experiments we test neurologically normal individuals and people with expertise or acquired skills (e.g. dancers, musicians), as well as people with brain damage (e.g. neglect or split-brain patients) or sensory deficits (e.g. the blind).
Most of the research is conducted within the behavioural laboratories and the recently established EEG and TMS laboratories of the Psychology Department, but we also collaborate with other research groups both nationally and internationally.
Members of the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit
- Academic staff: Dr Richard Cook, Dr Bettina Forster, Dr Elliot Freeman, Dr Corinna Haenschel, Dr Kielan Yarrow, Dr Beatriz Calvo-Merino
- Research staff: Dr Alejandra Sel
- PhD students: Christopher Fassnidge, Alberta Ipser, Maciej Kosilo, Marta Narkiewicz, Iro Ntonia, Ramiro Joly-Mascheroni
- Honorary members: Dr Helge Gillmeister, Dr Alexander Jones, Dr Elena Gherri, Dr Chiara Sambo