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Brain cross section

Our neuroscience research is pursued within three collaborative groups: Behavioural Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging science.

The research in each group spans normal behavioural and cognitive function, and how these functions deteriorate in disease states.

These groups have developed strong interdisciplinary links with the MRC Centre in Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, the Dementia Research Institute, and the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute.

Behavioural neuroscience

We analyse the processes of attention, cognition, emotion, learning, memory, and motivational processes; through to understanding the neural systems upon which these processes depend, and the genetic mechanisms that are involved. Our research is concerned with understanding these processes both in the healthy organism, and in various disease states.

Cognitive neuroscience

Our work spans normal and neuropsychological studies into the neural mechanisms of memory, perception, attention, decision making, action control and social communication.

Imaging science

We research into imaging optimisation, neurophysiological imaging and neurotransmitter function and clinical and cognitive imaging. We use advanced imaging technologies to investigate structure and function in the human body, with a key focus on neuroscience. Our research encompasses the development of new acquisition and analysis methods and their optimal application in basic, cognitive and clinical neuroscience.

A key theme is multi-modal neuroimaging, recognising the substantial benefits from combining the insights that different methods offer. Most research staff in the Imaging Science group use two or more of our core technologies. These include MRI, MEG, EEG and TMS.

Centres and institutes

Exterior of the £44m Brain Research Imaging Centre

Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre

Bringing together world-leading expertise in brain imaging, mapping and stimulation to better understand the causes of neurological and psychiatric conditions.