Research into cognitive and neural mechanisms determining human behaviour and their changes in behavioural and brain dysfunction.
This theme focuses on the cognitive and neural mechanisms determining human behaviour and their changes in behavioural and brain dysfunction. Group members combine a range of approaches including behavioural studies, brain imaging (fMRI, MEG, EEG) and brain intervention (direct brain stimulation, patient-based lesion studies, pharmacological studies). The theme hosts the Oxford Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre and collaborates closely with the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRIB) and the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity(OHBA). Research within this them is integrated with the NIHR funded Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust/Oxford University Biomedical Research Centre and the Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre.
Methodological advances include pioneering the combination of interference and imaging methods (e.g. TMS and brain-lesion studies with fMRI and EEG) and using computational approaches to analyse behavioural and brain-imaging data. Highlights of research activity include lesion-symptom mapping delineating substrates of visual attention and working memory; charting how goals, memories and expectations dynamically modulate perception and cognition; showing how evidence is integrated and combined to inform perceptual and cognitive decisions; and revealing the mechanisms of numerical comprehension and language production.