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There are three dominant research strands in this group: Visual Cognition, Perception and Action, and Remembering Past & Imagining Future Events. Our research includes work in healthy adult populations, as well as in certain clinical groups such as those with dementia and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Some members of the group work alongside clinicians at local hospitals and have collaborators at other academic institutions both nationally and internationally.
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Various methods and techniques are used in this research, with a range of equipment in our specialised research labs:
PuMA (Perception and Motion Analysis) Lab - this houses a 3D motion analysis system, with six infrared cameras to track the coordinates of small reflective markers placed on the body. This equipment helps us understand how movements are planned and executed and to investigate the nature of movement difficulties, for example in individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).
EEG/ERP Lab – this has a state of the art electroencephalogram (EEG) recording facility for event related potential (ERP) research into the neural bases of cognition.
TMS Lab - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a technique to stimulate the brain noninvasively by generating a high-intensity magnetic field from a stimulating coil, which can temporarily excite or inhibit a small area of the brain. Here we are investigating the role of different parts of the brain in attention, memory and motor planning using online and offline stimulation methods.
Visual Cognition Lab - this has specialist equipment for accurate stimulus calibration on computer monitors and equipment such as stereo goggles for rendering of stimuli in depth. Here we investigate basic cognitive processes associated with visual perception, attention, and visual short-term memory.