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We aim to understand processes of selective attention and action, learning and memory in the human brain. Through experiments in healthy volunteers and patients with brain injury we seek to characterize how information processing networks respond (adaptively or maladaptively) when challenged by interference. Our motivation is to develop rational neurobehavioural intervention strategies to help promote recovery from the consequences of brain injury.

Action cognition neurorehabilitation

Our group conducts basic cognitive neuroscience and translational neurorehabilitation research. We have specific interests in processes of selective attention and action, learning and memory. Recent work has expanded into the domain of emotion. Our basic neuroscience questions are often inspired by the challenges faced by individuals suffering the consequences of brain injury. A major research aim is to identify potential neurocognitive targets that could be manipulated experimentally for clinical gain. We typically use neural interference approaches (natural lesions, brain stimulation, neurofeedback), which change neurocognitive processing, and probe the consequences using neuroimaging and behavioural measures. These readouts then guide reverse inference about how cognition is causally implemented in the brain. Within an experimental medicine framework we integrate experiments in healthy volunteers and neurological patients to test rational interventions to remediate impaired cognition that are grounded in fundamental discoveries in psychology and neuroscience. 

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