Phonics works. New research suggests that sounding out words is the best way to teach reading Researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) in Cambridge have published a paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, contributing to an intense debate about how best to teach […]
Cambridge Science Festival 2017 at the CBU An entertaining and educational evening of demonstrations and lectures will be held at the CBU on Wednesday 15th March, from 6-8.30pm. Our annual science open evening, this year titled “Exploring the Mind and Brain – Improving cognition and mental health” is given as part of the Cambridge Science Festival […]
Social Pain and social gain in the adolescent brain: A common neural circuitry Previous research has shown that negative social feedback activates regions of the brain associated with processing of physical pain, giving rise to the idea of a brain circuit that processes social pain. This new study examined whether they process any socially important […]
Structural connectivity and patterns of gene expression provide insight into the mechanisms that may lead to the cognitive effects of a single-gene mutation Neurodevelopmental disorders are difficult to investigate because various biological causes may lead to the clusters of behaviours that are grouped within a diagnostic category. Focusing on neurodevelopmental disorder with a genetic origin […]
CALM practitioner workshop March 2017: Program now available The program for the CALM practitioner workshop is now available to download here. This year’s theme is ‘Understanding and supporting mental health and learning in children’. The workshop will be held at the CBU on Saturday the 11th of March 2017, starting 10 am and finishing at 3 […]
Healthy Minds from 0-100 years Through new funding from the EU Horizon 2020 framework of the Lifebrain project, CBU scientists Rik Henson, Rogier Kievit and Susan Gathercole will be able to integrate two Cambridge cohorts spanning childhood through to older age with 10 other European cohorts. The result will be a unique multinational resource of […]
Autobiographical memory based interventions are a promising treatment option for emotional disorders Disruption to the way that we retrieve autobiographical memories, that is, memories of our personal life experiences, is a key feature of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Previous research has shown that autobiographical memory disruptions play a key […]
The MRC CEO Diversity Award has been awarded to CBU scientists Fionnuala Murphy and Rogier Kievit. It recognises their important contributions to making the CBU a forward-thinking environment that rewards staff fairly and values diversity in the work place, and to sharing this good practice both locally and nationally.