About the unit
The Neuroscience and Aphasia Research Unit (NARU), within the School of Psychological Sciences, is a highly innovative research unit whose work centres around 4 major themes.
Topics in each theme are all investigated using an interdisciplinary approach, and applying widely convergent research methods and techniques. Studies range from basic neuroscience (fMRI, MR tractography, TMS) to neuropsychological and clinically-applied investigations of both normal and neurological populations, including neurodegenerative disorders, stroke, traumatic brain injury and herpes simplex encephalitis.
For more details, see: Our publications
May 2015: Many congratulations to Claude Bajada– who has just had this nice review from his doctoral work accepted for publication at Cortex:
- C.J. Bajada, M.A. Lambon Ralph, & L.L. Cloutman (in press). “Transport for Language South of the Sylvian Fissure: The routes and history of the main tracts and stations in the ventral language network.” Cortex.
Many congratulations to Gina Humphreys– who has just had a paper accepted at PNAS. A great achievement.
- G.F. Humphreys, P. Hoffman, M. Visser, R.J. Binney, & M.A. Lambon Ralph (in press). “Establishing task- and modality-dependent dissociations between the semantic and default mode networks.” PNAS.
Well done to Rebecca Jackson – a second paper from her doctoral work is now accepted for publication at JoCN.
- R.L. Jackson, M.A. Lambon Ralph, & G. Pobric (in press). “The timing of anterior temporal lobe involvement in semantic processing.” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. [doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00788]
Many congratulations to Grace Rice – her formal meta-analysis of the fMRI literature (a part of her doctoral studies) has been accepted at Cerebral Cortex:
- G.E. Rice, M.A. Lambon Ralph, & P. Hoffman (in press). “The roles of left vs. right anterior temporal lobes in conceptual knowledge: An ALE meta-analysis of 97 functional neuroimaging studies.” Cerebral Cortex. [doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhv024]
30 April: We are delighted to announce that Karalyn Patterson has been elected to the Royal Society. As many of you know, Karalyn is an Honorary Professor here in NARU/SPS and she has been a long-term supporter of and collaborator with our research activities. Karalyn has already been elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences and the British Academy - and so she now holds a full triad of premier fellowships covering science, biomedicine and arts/humanities. These awards are, of course, an apposite reflection of the enormous contribution she has made to our field and are more than deserved. The formal induction ceremony will be held in mid-July.
January 2014: Another paper has appreared from Taiji Ueno's thesis work:
- T.Ueno, S.Saito, A.Saito, Y.Tanida, K.Patterson & M.A.Lambon Ralph. Generalization of the Primary Systems Hypothesis to Japanese-specific language processes. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 433-446 [doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00467]
NARU research themes
- Semantic cognition
Semantically-driven verbal and nonverbal behaviour made up of two interactive components: semantic representations (conceptual knowledge) and semantic control
- Normal and impaired language, conversation and social communication
Studies of communication in humans, ranging from conversation in aphasia to morality and depression
- Learning, neuroplasticity, and sleep
Studies of learning and neuroplasticity using computer-based modelling, behavioural studies and neuroimaging
- Clinical intervention in neuroscience and aphasia
Research relating to rehabilitation. We run a speech therapy clinic and our studies investigate a wide variety of clinical techniques and advances