Research Centres and Groups
Priority Research Centres
The Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health focuses on understanding the basis of individual differences in vulnerability and resilience to brain disorders. Research focuses on four key disease research programs: Schizophrenia, Stroke, Affective and addictive disorders, Chronic pain syndromes.
The Clinical and Health Psychology group is concerned with the application of psychological science and practice to the prevention and treatment of both physical and mental ill-health and employs research primarily at the strategic and applied levels.
Research in the Human Experimental and Applied Dynamics looks at the dynamics of complex human behaviour. The issues addressed by this group range from basic to applied research. Specific topics range from response time in choice tasks, recognition memory, cognitive development, social cognition, inter-group relations and the measurement of personality.
Research conducted by the Neuroscience Group falls into four core areas:
(i) Sensory systems incorporating development, plasticity and their evolution; (ii) Cognitive and affective Neuroscience, aimed at understanding the neural bases of high-level cognitive functions such as attention, memory, language processes, planning and decision-making as well as of emotion-related functions; (iii) Neuroimmunology, where researchers are looking at how neural by-products can influence peripheral immune suppression and what consequences this has for neural function; (iv) Developmental Neuroscience, including basic experimental studies aimed at contributing to the understanding of mechanisms of normal and abnormal neural development.