With core interests in memory, attention, executive function, social cognition, sensory integration, and perceptuo-motor control
Human Cognitive Neuroscience (HCN) is comprised of academic staff, research fellows and students with core interests in memory, attention, executive function, social cognition, sensory integration, and perceptuo-motor control in both normally functioning adults and people with a variety of neurological disorders and conditions.
We use a range of methodological tools including traditional behavioural measures, neuroimaging techniques such as fMRI and ERP, eyetracking, motion tracking, computational modelling, and clinical assessment.
Our members are affiliated with various research centres and networks, including:
Staff working in this area include:
|Clinical/experimental neuropsychology and neuroimaging, neurodegenerative diseases in particular MND/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, frontotemporal dementia.|
|Bilingualism and cognitive functions in healthy and unhealthy ageing, neurodegenerative diseases, relations between language, cognition, motor function, and culture.|
|Consciousness and perceptual awareness, visual awareness and attention, emotion, working memory, top-down influences on perceptual processing, foundations of cognitive science, in particular the scientific study of consciousness.|
|Executive function development, cognitive development, developmental cognitive neuroscience.|
Professor Nelson Cowan
|Short-term or working memory, childhood development of short-term or working memory, relations between working memory and selective attention in information processing.|
|Cognitive neuropsychology, specifically amnesia, visuo-spatial and representational neglect, apraxia and Alzheimer's Disease.|
|Analogy, relational reasoning, mental representation, cognitive development, computational modelling, neural networks.|
Professor Randall Engle
|Working memory capacity, especially in real-world cognitive tasks, the association of working memory and cognitive control to intelligence.|
|Action-perception links, spatial attention within and across sensory modalities, conflict and cognitive control.|
|Human memory in the healthy brain across the lifespan, focused on experimental behavioural studies of working memory.|
|Frontal lobe functions such as memory, executive abilities and social cognition in healthy ageing and damaged brains.|
|Neural control of visual perception and visually-guided action in humans.|
|Judgement and decision making, particularly moral and economic decisions, the roles of working memory, intelligence, self-control, and empathy in decision making about the self and others.|
|Cognitive neuroscience of memory and ageing.|
|Working memory, attention, and their development across the lifespan.|
|Perceptual, oculomotor and attentional control in scene perception and reading, computational and statistical modelling.|
The human cognitive neuroscience seminars take place every Friday during term time.
You may also be interested in the cognitive ageing journal club.
The Edinburgh aphasia interest group brings together researchers and clinicians to discuss acquired language loss.