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Cognitive and Behavioural Sciences

We carry out multidisciplinary research on cognitive and behavioural changes associated with neurological, neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric conditions e.g. epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, head injury, dementia, addiction, feeding disorder, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Dyslexia, ADHD.

  • A particular focus is early detection of cognitive difficulties in older people, assessing cognitive reserve and its impact on disease or illness trajectory, and identifying optimal cognitive enhancement techniques and strategies.
  • A further important research focus is on neurocognitive, psychosocial and legal aspects of executive function (EF) and dysfunction. Current research focuses on the role of EF in cognitive reserve in neurotypical and dementia samples and on the role of EF (general and disease-specific) in neurodevelopmental dyslexia, ADHD and adult eating dysregulation. Another strand focuses on the psychological, neurological and legal aspects of EF training (cognitive enhancement and rehabilitation) in neurotypical and atypical samples.
  • Recent and ongoing behavioural change research has focused on the treatment and risk factors for feeding disorders among children with ASD and other developmental disorders and on academic, social and personal care programmes for children, adolescents and young adults with ASD as well as for neurotypical populations.
  • Our research also contributes towards a greater understanding of how drugs affect the brain and behaviour under normal conditions or in psychiatric disorders, such as drug dependence. Current research focuses on interactions between drugs of abuse and the brain reward system, as well as effects of psychoactive drugs in impulsivity and attentional performance during adolescence and adulthood.

For further information on current research, recent projects, and prospects for collaboration, please contact:

Clinical/Cognition/Applied: Professor Teresa BurkeDr Lorraine Boran or Dr Sinead Smyth.

Pre-Clinical: Dr Stella Vlachou.