Cognition, Neuroscience and Neuroimaging (CCNNI)
CCNNI draws together our researchers in cognition and cognitive neuroscience who seek to understand the brain, cognition and behaviour in the context of psychopathology and associated risk factors. We conduct research to develop techniques for cognitive enhancement and behavioural change, to investigate attentional control and how this is affected by anxiety and worry, to understand the neural basis of psychiatric disorders and their development in young adults, to explore the mechanisms of action of drugs particularly novel psychoactive substances and the effects of cannabis on the brain, and to identify the role of omega-3 fatty acids combined with other nutrients for managing stress and anxiety in young adults. We have state-of-the-art facilities including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS).
Research in Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST)
Established in 2015, CREST's research in the psychological therapies aims to develop knowledge on interventions and methods that support enhancements in psychological and social wellbeing. CREST’s research is oriented around four themes: shared decisions with clients and personalisation (including the development and testing of a new psychotherapy preference tool, C-NIP); empowering children and young people; working with voices, visions, and continuing presence; and engaging with death, dying, and bereavement. A principal activity of CREST is also our psychotherapy research clinic: a fully functioning research centre with two large consulting rooms.
Applied Research and Assessment in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing (CARACAW)
CARACAW aims to improve the social and psychological wellbeing of children, adolescents, young people and their families, through innovative research into public health, health services, policy and practice and mobile technologies. Our focuses on applied family research, research related to culture and cross-cultural psychology, promoting social and psychological wellbeing via new interventions, understanding personality and early life experience, the relationship between sleep and mood, reading and learning in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and the psychosocial development of young athletes and parenting in sport. We also organise an annual International Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology.
Animal Behaviour and Emotion Research (CABER)
CABER brings together researchers who study the social behaviour and emotionality of animals to explore the factors affecting health and mental wellbeing in such systems, informing understanding of health-related issues in modern society. We conduct research into sociality and wellbeing, emotion and welfare, evolution of cooperation, communication and coordination. Our work explores the link between sociality and wellbeing in wild macaques and Hadza hunter-gatherers, emotion, stress and welfare in a range of non-human animals (monkeys, goats, horses), communication and coordination in gregarious species, the evolution of cooperation in various species and the interrelationship between biological and cultural influences on human generosity, and provides new insights into the evolution of complex emotional capacity to inform debates around animal wellbeing.