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
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]
December: Two papers have been published recently and the details are below:
- L.L. Cloutman, R.J. Binney, D.M. Morris, G.J.M. Parker & M.A. Lambon Ralph. Using in vivo probabilistic tractography to reveal two segregated dorsal 'language-cognitive' pathways in the human brain. Brain & Language, 127, 230-240 [doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2013.06.005]
- P. Hoffman, M.A. Lambon Ralph & T.T. Rogers. Semantic diversity: A measure of semantic ambiguity based on variability in the contextual usage of words. Behavior Research Methods, 45, 718-730. [doi:10.3758/s13428-012-0278-x]
11 November: Congratulations to Scott Cairney, who has just had the 2nd paper from his PhD accepted by SLEEP:
- Cairney, S.A., Durrant, S.J., Hulleman, J & Lewis, P.A. Targeted memory reactivation during slow-wave sleep facilitates emotional memory consolidation. SLEEP (in press)
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