Research in CUBRIC is focused on four inter-related research themes which allow us to undertake cutting edge methods research and apply this to key psychological and clinical questions. This research aims to have a direct impact on understanding human health and well being, including the brain changes that lead to disordered cognition and mental health.
We have strong collaborations within Cardiff University and more broadly, particularly with the Schools of Psychology at Bangor and Swansea Universities.
Imaging Science focuses on the development of new acquisition protocols and analysis methods that push the boundaries in how we can use imaging techniques to ask questions about brain function. A main goal of researchers in this area is the application of multi-modal techniques that involve combining information obtained across different imaging methods. The Imaging Science group have expertise in all major imaging methods, including MRI (structural/functional),
MEG, EEG and TMS.
Neuroscience is a major theme in the School of Psychology, and includes individuals in whom it is their main research approach but also researchers who use imaging techniques to complement programmes addressing questions in cognitive psychology (Perception and Action and Social Psychology). The research undertaken in this group aims to understand how the brain supports particular cognitive domains or processes across the lifespan, and covers memory, perception, attention, motivation, personality and mood.
The application of neuroimaging techniques to understanding clinical disorders, such as autism, conduct disorder, neurodegeneration, amnesia and epilepsy, is an important part of CUBRIC’s research profile, and complements other related clinical and developmental work in the School (Developmental Science, Developmental & Health Psychology,Clinical Research). We have strong collaborative links within Cardiff University (Psychological Medicine & Neuroscience, Biosciencesand Geriatric Medicine), and with Oxford, Bristol and Cambridge.
Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics
A number of researchers in the School of Psychology are interested in how our genetic profile impacts on cognition and brain structure/function (Cognitive Neuroscience, Imaging Science, Developmental & Health Psychology). CUBRIC facilitates this important work via ongoing collaborations across Cardiff University, predominantly with researchers based at the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics & Genomics (MRC CNGG) and via the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute.