Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Research Group

A multidisciplinary and collaborative team

Understanding the mechanisms underlying cognitive and emotional behaviour and the disruption of these processes by drugs, ageing, atypical development or disease.

The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Research Group comprises academics, post-docs and postgraduates with research backgrounds in cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, psychopharmacology and neuroscience.


This video shows a microneurography experiment with Francis McGlone; the electrodes are recording from within the lateral cutaneous nerve of the forearm while the participant is awake, comfortable and fully responsive. The activity of a single hair unit can be seen and heard in response to the brush strokes delivered by a Robotic Tactile Stimulator (RTS). The group has the only active microneurography lab in the UK. They use this unique technique to investigate the peripheral nerve activity behind social touch and pain and its relationship to conscious perceptual experience.


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
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Unilever

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.

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10 papers found

  • Journal article

    A pilot study investigating cortical haemodynamic and physiological correlates of exercise cognition in trained and untrained cyclists over an Incremental self-paced performance test, while thinking aloud.

    Robinson N, Montgomery C and Swettenham L and Whitehead A

    Publish date:03/05/2021

  • Journal article

    Distortions to the passage of time during England’s second national lockdown: a role for depression

    Ogden R

    Publish date:20/04/2021

  • Journal article

    The effect of pain on reference memory for duration

    Piovesan A, Mirams L and Poole H and Ogden R

    Publish date:14/03/2021

  • Journal article

    Attentional and cognitive monitoring brain networks in long-term meditators depend on meditation states and expertise.

    Yordanova J, Kolev V, Nicolardi V, Simione L, Mauro F, Garberi P and Raffone A and Malinowski P

    Publish date:01/03/2021

  • Journal article

    When driving hurts: characterizing the experience and impact of driving with back pain.

    Seward J, Stavrinos D, Moore D and Attridge N and Trost Z

    Publish date:23/02/2021

  • Journal article

    Why Covid-19 might be making us lose our sense of time…

    Ogden R

    Publish date:20/01/2021