The majority of research in the lab falls into six themes:
Consciousness & Perception
There are many different ways to study consciousness. Much of the work in the lab investigates perceptual processing and using a range of methods. The goal is to understand the breadth of possible conscious states along with the biological processes that determine and support them.
To investigate the role that neurotransmitter systems play in cognitive and sensory processing we have explored the effect of different psychoactive drugs on perception and cognition in healthy people.
We use pupil dilation to investigate the role of noradrenaline and arousal in decision making. We are also exploring ways to use this signal to communicate with people suffering from severe motor paralysis.
Sensory Processing & Psychosis
A number of psychiatric conditions are associated with altered sensory experiences e.g., psychotic disorders. Using carefully controlled psychophysical methods we investigate the association between specific symptom profiles and changes in sensory and cognitive processing.
Neuroimaging & Brain stimulation
Research conducted by the lab has used EEG and MRI spectroscopy to investigate electrical and neurochemical changes in the brain. We are also interested in understanding the impact of non-invasive brain stimulation (e.g. TMS and tCDS) in terms of both the nature and the reliability of any effects induced.
Neuroscience & Society
In parallel to the lab's scientific investigation in understanding individual's conscious experience or cognitive function, there is an interest in considering the neuroethical and societal impacts of neuroscientific advances in understanding and manipulating brain function.