Researchers in behavioural neuroscience in the School of Psychology have interests in the behavioural and brain mechanisms of learning, memory, and motivation. This research is conducted from behavioural, developmental, neurobiological, and computational perspectives.
Current projects include:
- behavioural and neural mechanisms of fear learning and extinction learning,
- error-correction learning,
- infantile amnesia, and
- relapse to drug-seeking.
Here is a list of people within the school involved in behavioural neuroscience research. Follow the links for further information including full CVs and current projects.
My main areas of interest concern brain mechanisms underlying learning and cognition. One focus of research is the neural substrates underlying executive function, particularly with reference to animal models of schizophrenia. The approach taken is to use well-defined behavioural procedures drawn from current associative learning theory, as well as novel behavioural paradigms, to allow the systematic investigation of the role played by different brain systems in the executive control of cognition and behaviour, with the intention of informing not only psychopharmacological research on putative treatments for mental disorders such as schizophrenia, but also current theories about the interaction of different systems in the higher level control of cognitive function. I also do research applying these findings in a translational manner to patient populations (mostly schizophrenia) and to studies of the broader schizotypic phenotype in the general population.
- Project: The Influence of Environmental Cues on Choice Between Actions
- Project: Learning to Inhibit Acquired Fears
- Project: Interactions Between Cues that Predict Positive and Negative Events
- Project: Early Life Experiences
- Project: Adolescence
- Project: Individual Differences in Fear Expression and Inhibition
- Project: False Memories In Laboratory Rodents
- Project: Effects of Western Diet on Cognition in Rodents
- Project: Learning to Inhibit Fear
- Project: The Neural Substrates of Higher-Order Conditioned Fear
- Project: Danger Changes the Way the Brain Processes Innocuous Information
- Project: Oxytocin Impairs Fear Acquisition and Fear Inhibition: Mechanisms of Action in the Basolateral Complex of the Amygdala