Cognitive Psychology is an international strength at the University of Birmingham, covering the study of the brain, behaviour and cognition. This is a broad church, spanning from behavioural analyses, through patient studies and interventions to brain imaging; from perception through action control and attention to language.
The School of Psychology houses world class research in
Perception (Zoe Kourtzi, Andrew Welchman, Andrew Schofield, Pia Rotshtein),
Attention (Glyn Humphreys, Jane Riddoch, Carmel Mevorach),
Action (Chris Miall, Alan Wing),
Language and gesture (Sotaro Kita, Andrew Olson, Steven Frisson, Peter Hansen, Andrea Krott, Linda Wheeldon),
Development & social (Ian Apperly, Sarah Beck, Joe McCleery, Kim Quinn, Brandon Stewart), and
Psychobiology (Andrew Bagshaw, Suzanne Higgs, Joff Lee).
Staff profiles are available at the following web page - http://www.psychology.bham.ac.uk/research/groups/
School of Psychology
The school’s high profile was confirmed in the RAE 2008 with 25% of research scored as world leading (4*) and 55% as of international excellence (3*), putting the school in 3rd place in the UK behind Oxford and Cambridge.
The school is well resourced. It is the primary partner in the Birmingham University Imaging Centre (research dedicated Philips 3T MRI; http://www.buic.bham.ac.uk); the school houses 2 high density EEG systems in addition to infant EEG and EEG-FMRI systems; it has multiple TMS platforms; multiple facilities for eye tracking and kinematic analysis, including robotic interfaces and a dedicated posture and balance laboratory. An Infant and Child Laboratory was recently established and is the focus of a philanthropic drive to expand into a Centre for Child Development. There is a large neuropsychology database on stroke survivors and a panel of older participants to support work on aging.
The school is also a partner with the School of Computer Science in the new Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics (http://www.psychology.bham.ac.uk/cncr/index.shtml ). CN-CR will combine state-of-the-art brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience with robotics. One applied aim of this will be to translate neuroscience to facilitate motor and cognitive rehabilitation, as well as to advance the field by implementing cognitive theories in robotic systems.
Current grant funding is worth £4 million and comes from major UK research councils (BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC), charities (Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, Stroke Association) and the EU (we lead or participate in two training networks and two FP7 research collaborations and host Marie Curie fellows). We also host externally supported EPSRC and Wellcome Trust Research Fellows, and have a large population of post-doctoral and doctoral research fellows.