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Cognition relates to the processes in the brain involved in gaining knowledge and understanding. These processes include thinking, knowing, remembering, judging, and problem-solving.

Our research looks at neuropsychology, attention, perception, cognition, affect and language using a wide range of techniques including neuroimaging, electroencephalography (EEG) and motion capture.

Our facilities

We have dedicated laboratories for research in the areas of:

Our researchers

Our staff are at the forefront of psychology research and we have a wealth of expertise in many different subject areas.

Find out more about our psychology researchers and staff.

Current research projects

Here's just a sample of what our researchers are currently working on:

  • Sinéad Rhodes and James Thomson are currently examining the role of executive functions in the pedestrian decision making of children with ADHD with external collaborator Dr David Coghill (Psychiatry, University of Dundee).
  • William McGeown is investigating cognitive and behavioural symptoms in ageing and dementia with Prof Annalena Venneri (Neuroscience, University of Sheffield).
  • Stephen Butler is examining how individuals with autism perceive human gaze cues with collaborator Dr Thusha Rajendran (Psychology, Heriott-Watt University).
  • Jo Saunders is carrying out research on mindfulness with Louise McHugh (University College Dublin) and Ben Storm (UC Santa Cruz).
  • Sinéad Rhodes and Susan Rasmussen are carrying out a study examining cognitive factors and mental health, self-harm and suicidal behaviour in the LGBT population with Dr. Karen Lorimer (Sexual Health Team, GCU).
  • Diane Dixon is carrying out research on understanding how stroke survivors manage their lives after stroke.
  • Kevin Durkin is looking at SLI and adulthood and identifying pathways to resilience/maladjustment in personal, social and societal functioning

Research groups