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
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)
4 November: Anna Schapiro's paper on unilateral vs bilateral damage has just appeared in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience:
- A.C. Schapiro, J.L. McClelland, S.R. Welbourne, T.T. Rogers & M.A. Lambon Ralph (2013). "Why bilateral damage is worse than unilateral damage to the brain." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 2107-2123 [doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00441]
October 2013: The following papers have been submitted:
- 'Efficient visual object and word recognition relies on high spatial frequency coding in the left posterior fusiform gyrus: Evidence from a case-series of patients with ventral occipito-temporal cortex damage.' D. Roberts, A.M. Woollams, E. Kim, P.M. Beeson, S.Z. Rapcsak, & M.A. Lambon Ralph (2013). Cerebral Cortex, 23, 2568-2580 [doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhs224]
It has also been recommended by the Faculty 1000 (http://f1000.com/prime/718026829), which is a pleasant bonus.
- 'Cerebellar contribution to the prediction of self-initiated sounds.' Franziska Knolle, Erich Schroeger & Sonja A. Kotz (2013). Cortex, 49, 2449-2461
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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