We want to understand how - and why - brain function can be disturbed to lead to inattention, poor memory and abnormal decision making. Our aim is to develop new treatments for these conditions across a range of neurological disorders.
The Cognitive Neurology group is led by Prof Masud Husain. We focus on:
- decision making
in healthy people and patients with brain disorders such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The group brings together the combined expertise of clinicians and basic scientists to study mechanisms underlying inattention, poor memory and abnormal decision making. We want to understand how we pay attention, remember information and make choices, and how these processes might go wrong in brain disorders so that we can develop new treatments for these conditions.
A major new research initiative of the group is probing the basis of impulsivity and apathy or lack of motivation.
- We're examining the role of reward and effort required for motivated behaviour in healthy people.
- We investigate impulsive decision making and apathy in patients with stroke, Parkinson’s disease and ADHD.
- We're testing drugs for inattention and abnormal decision making.
- We've shown how dopamine can reverse apathy in some patients.