We investigate fundamental human cognitive processes such as attention, language, memory, and emotion. Behavioural experiments explore how they change both in childhood and older age, and how they become disrupted in disease and disorder. Computer models are built to explain these processes. Research facilities including brain scanners located on our site are used to study how these cognitive processes arise in the brain and in other biological systems. We also develop new methods that have the potential to lead to breakthroughs in cognitive science and neuroscience, both for our own programmes and the broader research communities. More information on our Methods research can be found here.
Our research is organized into 13 programmes funded by the MRC, each led by a senior scientist and supported by a research team. The Unit also hosts projects supported by other funders in relevant fields.
Our research is arranged in four broad overlapping themes: