Research in the group includes:
- visual and attentional processing in complex environments
- investigating how the brain represents time and space
- multisensory integration
- body representation and perception
- aberrant perceptions and hallucinations
- visual awareness and consciousness
- links between sensory systems and more central processes such as language, music
- decision making
- auditory neural coding
- the sensorimotor grounding of concepts
We are also interested in the role of sensory processes in disorders and deficits due to ageing and Alzheimer's Disease and in the use of sensory and motor measures as biomarkers for disease progression. Our work combines behavioural methods, brain stimulation (TMS, tDCS, tACS, tRNS), psychophysiology (EDA, SCRs, fEMG, FaceReader), state-of-the-art virtual reality, and eye-tracking with measures of the underlying neural processes using fMRI and EEG.
Our Perception and Action Research Group uses a range of methodologies to elucidate cognitive and perceptual processes in young and ageing adults.
Our laboratories include
- the very latest technology in brain stimulation methods (including TMS / rTMS as well as tDCS, tACS, tRNS)
- a variety of eye-trackers
- a state-of-the-art emotion laboratory which is home to a number of psychophysiological measuring devices
- thermal imaging cameras
- FaceReader systems for the quantification of emotional processing
These are all configured together for the parallel and time-synchronized measurement of a legion of variables.
We have a wet lab to allow for in-house measurement of neuroendocrine, glucose, and other psychopharmacological chemicals in both healthy and clinical populations. We also have a leading virtual reality laboratory stocked with head mounted displays, and motion capture systems utilising infrared, magnetic field, flexion, and inertial sensors. Additionally, we have a dedicated sleep laboratory with polysomnography recording, eye tracking systems, and dedicated soundproofed auditory test booths with EEG capability.
Group Leader: Dr Jason Braithwaite