Impulsivity and Compulsivity
   
May 22, 2012  
 
 

 

Brief description of teacher's research interests

Research interests span the areas of cognitive neuroscience, behavioural and psychopharmacology. Main work focuses on the functions of the frontal lobes of the brain and their connections with other regions.

These brain systems are relevant to such psychiatric and neurological disorders as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, dementia, schizophrenia, depression, drug addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, as well as frontal lobe injury.

His lab uses a variety of methods for studying these systems, including sophisticated psychological paradigms and neuroimage techniques (MRI and PET) for investigating cognitive functions and impulsivity in both normal subjects and patients; these include the computerised CANTAB battery. They are also interested in establishing how drugs work to produce changes in brain chemistry, and how these affect behaviour.