A major research theme is the impact of learning on drug addiction - both its developmen Dr Emilio Fernandez-Egea My research interests are mostly the biological and clinical aspects of chronic schizophrenia. We study treatment resistant schizophrenia Professor Paul Fletcher I am interested in psychosis. I agree with the long tradition of clinical psychiatric research which suggests that, during a psychotic illness, the world is a strange place because strange associations are formed and inconsequential stimuli are as Dr Julieta Galante I am a full-time researcher with a background in public health medicine.
My research interests lie on mental health promotion and the effects of lifestyle on health. My main focus has been studying the effects of meditation on mental health, which Professor Susan Gathercole I am a cognitive psychologist with interests in memory, learning and language. One strand of my research in Professor Dino Giussani We have intertwined our interests in oxygen and the development of the central nervous and cardiovascular systems to propose that oxidative stress underlies the common molecular pathway via which prenatal hypoxia contributes to a developmental ori My research focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration an Dr Hedwig Gockel My research has covered various aspects of human hearing, mostly in healthy individuals.
Amongst them are pitch perception, auditory grouping and streaming processes, effects of attention on auditory perception, loudness perception and masking. My studies are centred on adolescents in the community as well as current patients. Our re Key research projects include the neural basis of developmental dyslexia, the neural basis of speech and language impairm Dr Fabian Grabenhorst Our research focuses on the neural mechanisms of reward, decision-making and social cognition.
In particular, we study the functions of neurons in the amygdala, a key component of the brain's reward system that is implicated in such diverse condit Dr Fergus Gracey My research themes relate to assessment, recovery and rehabilitation following brain injury. I am especially interested in identity and emotional adjustment following acquired brain injury, self-regulation, cognitive rehabilitation and service del Dr Mark Gurnell Current programmes of research: 1.
Dr Olaf Hauk I use a multi-modal imaging approach to problems in the neuroscience of language and cognition. Reading: How are the complex computations underlying reading behaviour implemented so efficiently and flexibly in our brains?
I address this question Professor Sarah Hawkins Trained as a psychologist and acoustic phonetician, I have worked mainly on speech perception, including a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship on acoustic-phonetic contributions to a biologically-plausible theory of how speech is understood. Dr Berthold Hedwig I analyse the neural mechanisms underlying acoustic communication in insects which use species-specific sounds for mate attraction. I use behavioural, neurophysiological and optical imaging techniques with the aim to understand: 1.
The neural mech Professor Richard Rik Henson My primary interest concerns how we remember things.
Professor Melissa Hines I study gender development, and am particularly interested in how prenatal influences e. My current research programme includes studies of individu Research to date has had the following main themes. First, the relationship between specific genetical Dr Joni Holmes I am interested in the overlap between working memory, attention and executive function processes in children and adults.
My research has focussed on the role of working memory in children's mathematical skills, and on understanding the cognitive Dr Fumiya Iida Our research interests lie at the biologically inspired robotics, i. Professor Mark Johnson FBA Johnson has published over papers and 10 books on brain and cognitive development in human infants, children and in other species. His laboratory currently focuses on typical, at-risk and atypical functional brain development in human infants Dr Napoleon Katsos I am interested in how developmental research can inform theoretical linguistic inquiry and vice versa.
My particular focus is in the area of semantics and pragmatics, and in language learning by monolingual and bilingual children as well as child Professor Barry Keverne Professor Keverne has long standing experience in behavioural neuroscience and has, in the past 10 years, brought molecular genetic techniques to focus on brain development and investigate how genetic perturbations of the brain influence brain fun Dr Golam Khandaker Working at the interface between immunology and psychiatry, my research examines novel immunological mechanism and treatment for depression, schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders using epidemiological, genetic and treatment studies.
Dr Rogier Kievit My research focuses on using psychometric models to understand neurodevelopmental changes in executive functions. These cognitive abilities, such as reasoning, problem solving and goal management, develop rapidly during adolescence and often show Professor Zoe Kourtzi My work aims to understand the role of learning and experience in enabling humans of all ages to translate sensory experience into complex decisions and adaptive behaviours. Adaptive cognitive abilities are critical for survival and social interac Dr Dina Kronhaus My research is focused on studying connectivity and neural re-organisation, in the human brain, using theoretical modelling techniques to complement analysis of experimental data.
I aim to identify overlapping yet distinct neural circuits implicat Dr Meng-Chuan Lai As a clinician scientist, my vision is to bridge and integrate multi-level biological-cognitive-psychological-social research and clinical services. My clinical interests are in the risk and resilience processes across the lifespan in individuals Dr Rebecca Lawson We all have expectations about how the how the world should look, feel, smell, taste and sound.
These expectations act as predictions to guide us when we are uncertain, and signal when something out of the ordinary is happening. My work uses com I also maintain an active interest in the possible computational functions of neural oscillations, particularly those present in the hippo Dr Victoria Leong I am a developmental cognitive neuroscientist who is interested in the interpersonal neural dynamics of mother-infant interactions.
Right now, I am studying the phenomenon of oscillatory coupling or synchronisation between mother and infant brains Dr Darren Logan Our research interest is in understanding the molecular and genetic basis of olfaction, and how that influences behaviour. Our wider aim is to characterise the neural circuits that instruct stereotyped hard-wired behaviours, and investigate how th Dr Michael Lombardo I am interested in understanding the mechanisms occurring in early development that are behind atypical brain development in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Dr Tom Manly Our research relates to understanding impairment and rehabilitation in attentional and executive function. Our work with patients Dr William Marslen-Wilson My research interests are in the cognitive science and neuroscience of language. I study the comprehension of human language in the mind and the brain using interdisciplinary neuroimaging and multivariate analysis techniques aimed at identifying Dr Liria Masuda-Nakagawa I am interested in the circuit mechanisms of odor discrimination learning in the higher brain.
The mushroom bodies MBs of insect brains are centers for associative olfactory learning. Using Drosophila larva, I have characterized the input region Dr Fiona Matthews Drawing on the data resource of the MRC Cognitive Function and Ageing study, but additionally using other population based studies; my programme provides methodologically sound estimates of health and ill health for populations. The methodological Dr Brian McCabe The neural mechanisms of learning and memory, particularly imprinting in the domestic chick. The young of many species, when exposed to a conspicuous object, rapidly learn the object's characteristics and subsequently narrow their social preferenc I mainly utilise prospective longitudinal, case control and clinical trial study designs.
My research looks at: - the natural course of post-traumatic Professor David Menon The research program of the University Division of Anaesthesia has aimed to understand regional cerebral pathophysiology to advance the care of critically ill patients after brain injury, from initial ictus, through recovery from coma and rehabili Dr Amy Milton Memory is a critical function of the brain, but little is known about the mechanisms by which memories are modified, adapted, and persist.
Memories are known to 'reconsolidate' undergoing updating and strengthening following their destabilisation Dr Eneida Mioshi My research focuses on the impact of dementias and other progressive neurodegenerative diseases on everyday functioning e.
Behaviorists such as Miller began to focus on the representation of language rather than general behavior. Main article: Cognitive revolution. Journal of the History of the Neurosciences. Retrieved Cognitive Systems: Language, Learning and Reasoning.
To this end, my research involves development of better assessments of Professor John Mollon My research interests are in the visual perception of colour, motion, form and depth; the genetic basis for individual variations in perception; the nature of the information carried by the cerebral bus; and the history of neuroscience and of colo Professor Brian Moore Mechanisms of normal hearing and hearing impairments; relationship of auditory abilities to speech perception; design of signal processing hearing aids for sensorineural hearing loss; fitting of hearing aids to suit the individual; electrical stim Professor Jenny Morton Our research is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration and on developing strategies to delay or prevent the death of neurones in injured or degenerating brain, particularly in Huntington's disease.
We are also interes Dr Nicholas Mundy We study the evolutionary genetics of brain size and sensory systems in primates. In particular, we are interested in the evolution and selection of colour vision polymorphisms in New World monkeys and lemurs, the evolution of vomeronasal recept I utilize a variety of cognitive neuroscien Pradeep Nathan I am a clinical pharmacologist with research interests in the neuropharmacology and neural substrates of cognition and emotion and psychiatric and neurological endophenotypes.
I use cognitive, functional and molecular neuroimaging techniques i. There are also many undergraduates from UMass and the Five Colleges working on research projects in our labs. Faculty Postdocs Grad Students.
Skip to main content. Links to common UMass Amherst services and features. Yes Bernard, Jessica Understand how the cerebellum contributes to both motor and cognitive behavior. Motor and cognitive performance changes in aging. Yes Bolger, Patrick Main interest is in using eye-tracking methodology to investigate second-language reading and vocabulary acquisition. Anderson, Brian. Examine how reward learning and punishment learning influence attention, using human psychophysics manual responses, eye tracking , aversive conditioning electric shock , and neuroimaging primarily fMRI, also PET.
Understand how the cerebellum contributes to both motor and cognitive behavior. Bolger, Patrick. Main interest is in using eye-tracking methodology to investigate second-language reading and vocabulary acquisition. Brooker, Rebecca. Orr, Joseph. Examining the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying executive functions. Smith, Steve.