Memory and Attention

This theme aims to bring together researchers investigating memory and learning from a cognitive, neuroscientific and/or computational perspective.

The goal of the theme is to facilitate collaboration and joint funding applications among memory researchers by coordinating the already existing expertise in this area within the School of Psychology, by interlinking memory researchers across Schools, and by exploring new ways to translate memory research into applied and clinical contexts. 

Memory and learning are areas that are already very strongly represented in the School, including several independent groups investigating such diverse functions as episodic long-term memory, motor learning and plasticity, working memory, and learning in artificial systems.

These groups use a variety of methods including neuroimaging, electrophysiology (including sleep monitoring), cellular approaches in humans and rodents, brain stimulation techniques, and computational modelling.

We believe that pooling this expertise will open exciting new routes to research with a broad impact.

New links will also be built with the College of Medical and Dental Sciences and the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences to investigate the potential of our research for clinical and non-clinical applications.

Such applications can range from developing experimentally based therapies for patients suffering from intrusive memories in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to investigating the potential of brain stimulation to aid motor rehabilitation after stroke, to developing targeted exercise regimens to preserve cognitive functioning in the elderly.