Neuroscience Research Theme
We research a variety of topics including addiction, cognitive biases in anxiety and depression, communication, decision making, dementia, eating disorders, effort, face processing, neuroergonomics, language, memory, pain, social interaction, time perception, and touch. We examine these topics combining the analysis of both behaviour and brain, using techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG), electrocardiography (ECG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), microneurography, impedance cardiography (ICG), facial electromyography (facial EMG), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
Our research has been funded by the BIAL Foundation, the British Academy, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission, the Health and Safety Executive, Innovate UK, the Leverhulme Trust, the National Institute on Aging, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Univers Foundation, and the Experimental Psychology Society, as well as other private organisations and charities.
The 17 principal researchers who are active in this group have a variety of psychology, physiology, and cognitive neuroscience backgrounds. They are experts in their respective field and hold key roles within professional membership bodies and associates, chair funding panels, provide expert commentaries for media and speak at national and international conferences.
If you would like to know more about our specific research activities, please have a look at the individual School of Psychology staff profiles and the group members’ individual webpages:
We share a common interest in understanding the mechanisms underlying cognitive and emotional behaviour and the disruption of these processes by drugs, ageing, atypical development or disease. Our experimental approach combines neuroimaging, electrophysiology (EEG and microneurography), pharmacological and physiological techniques with behavioural testing procedures, thus encompassing multiple levels of analysis.
We collaborate with researchers across LJMU from pharmacy, computing, sports science and public health on multidisciplinary projects with an applied focus. In addition, we have strong collaborative links, both nationally and internationally, with other universities, charities and industrial partners.
Our research is funded by:
- The European Union
- The Leverhulme Trust
- Medical Research Council
- Pain Relief Foundation
- BIAL Foundation
- Mersey Care NHS Trust
Teaching and learning
All staff in the group contribute to teaching modules on the BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology programme (cognitive neuroscience, appetitive behaviour, social cognition and substance use modules) and some to the BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour or Health Psychology (MSc) programme.
Our research is conducted within modern laboratories housed within the Tom Reilly Building. We have a specialist laboratory equipped for somatosensory psychophysics with a Medoc Pathway Pain & Thermal Sensory Evaluation System. We are also one of the first laboratories in the UK to have a microneurography capability. Our psychophysiology laboratories house a Faraday Cage, along with 128, 64 and 32 channel EEG systems. In addition, we have fNIRS, EMG, ECG capabilities.
Group members have a long-term association with the Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre, University of Nottingham (which houses an ultra-high-field 7T fMRI) as well as the Magnetic Resonance and Image Analysis Research Centre (MARIARC) at the University of Liverpool.
Meet the researchers within this theme:
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Dr Samantha BrooksRead more
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Prof Stephen FaircloughRead more
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Dr Magdalena SliwinskaRead more
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