Research

Our research focuses on three main themes: memory and executive processes; emotion; and social function. This programme involves local, national, and international collaborations and is funded by grants from charities, research councils, and the department of health. Our research has received media coverage including the national press, Radio 4 programmes, and charity organisations.

Enhancing our understanding of brain-behaviour relationships, and how these relate to everyday function, helps to identify targets for clinical interventions.  Developing and evaluating treatments enable us to test their efficacy, and to identify mechanisms of change, before interventions are utilised in clinical healthcare settings.

Understanding:

To enhance the understanding of brain-behaviour relationships, we test neuropsychological and cognitive theories using experimental techniques, develop novel assessment tools, characterise neurocognitive profiles using standardised measures, and utilise neuroimaging techniques. Findings are then related to everyday function including education, vocational activity, and social participation.

Some examples of our work include: testing theories of memory and characterising dissociations in individuals with dementia, epilepsy, and focal injuries; investigating the relationship between cognition and emotion following traumatic brain injury and in individuals with dementia; characterising the socio-emotional consequences of acquired brain injury; and characterising the neurocognitive profiles associated with eating disorders in adolescents.

Treatment:

Our theory-driven research provides the foundation for our work focusing on developing and evaluating interventions. Approaches include single case designs, within-group studies, and randomised controlled trials.

Some examples of our work include: developing interventions for prospective memory impairments following acquired brain injury; evaluating computerised working memory training in children who have survived an acquired brain injury; evaluating cognitive remediation therapy for adolescents with an eating disorder; and developing and evaluating web-based family problem-solving interventions.