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Department of Psychology

Perception, Action & Awareness

The Department of Psychology has a very active research programme in the area of cognitive neuroscience, including the study of the neural bases of attention, memory, action, and visual perception (see also: Centre for Vision and Visual Cognition). We use a variety of techniques to answer our questions relating to adult and infant brains including fMRI, TMS, tDCS, EEG, eye movement tracking, biophysiological recording as well as the analysis of visuomotor action and psychophysical performance. Our work on understanding how the undamaged brain works feeds directly into our research concerning the design and efficacy of neurorehabilitation paradigms with a large cohort of patients with brain damage in the North-East.

A large part of our research in cognitive neuroscience is now housed in a new purpose-built research building, the Wolfson Research Institute, located on the Queen's Campus, and close to our fMRI facility at the James Cook University Hospital.


Research streams


Research Grants

PAA group research has been supported by a number of research grants:

Social Media

You can keep up to date with our research by following members of the PAA group on Twitter