Attention and memory neuroscience

Our systems neuroscience approach is helping build a rich picture of the biology underpinning attention and memory and related disorders.

We employ a wide range of tools and technologies. These include, but are not limited to, mathematical analysis, advanced brain imaging, electrical stimulation and monitoring, eye movement (oculomotor) measurements, Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) and next-generation gene sequencing, cognitive science assessments of attention- and memory-related processes, ratings of personality and psychopathology traits (e.g., impulsivity), and the use of animals such as the honey bee to unpick the biological relevance of genes relevant to mental disorders.

Our studies often involve hundreds of participants who score in the normal range for attention and memory traits, as well as those who meet diagnostic criteria for neurodevelomental disorders such as ADHD, and neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington's and multiple sclerosis. We are grateful for their contributions.

Recent findings range from the discovery of a signature cluster of genes involved in development of nerve cells and their connections in people with ASD, to using brain imaging to identify predictors of cognitive function in children born preterm, to using eye-movementm measurements as a marker of disease progression and treatment response in people with multiple sclerosis.

Our research feeds a discovery pipeline, leading to novel treatments and interventions for attention and memory disorders.