Funded research

Grant awarded by the Experimental Psychology Society for the research project, 'The effects of hyperthermia on memory' (2019-2020).

Grant award: £3,455.48. Project PI: Dr Kaz Brandt.


Improving healthy energy balance and obesity-related behaviours among pre-schoolers in Malaysia:  feasibility of adapting the ‘ToyBox’ Study, 2017-2018.

Grant award: £310,550. Project PI: Dr Leigh Gibson.

Collaborators: Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia; Universiti Malaysia Sarawak; Durham University.


Attentional bias modification using Closed Loop Training:  A pilot study’, 2017.

Small Research Grant award: £9,450. ‘Project PI: Professor Paul Allen.


Development of a computational model to characterise the formation of trust and paranoia during human social interaction – an fMRI study, 2017.

Small Research Grant award: £10,000.Project PI: Dr James Gilleen.


Real time fMRI neurofeedback as a treatment for auditory hallucinations: A proof of concept study, 2015-2017.

Grant award: £100,000.Project PI: Professor Paul Allen.

Collaborators: Kings Health Partners.


Neural oscillations underlie individual differences in brightness perception, 2015-2017.

Grant award: €49,400.Project PI: Dr James Macdonald.


A neuroimaging investigation of the impact of intergroup contact on other-race face processing: 2015.

Small Research Grant award: £7,700. Co-Applicant: Dr Ray Norbury


Enhancing attentional control in people with high trait anxiety using real-time functional MRI: A proof-of-concept study.

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Grant award: £51, 933. Project PI: Prof. Paul Allen


Seconded Researchers

Dr Marco Sandrini is seconded to Casa di Cura Privata Del Policlinico, Department of Neuroriabilitative Sciences, Milan, Italy as part of a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie funded study to ‘Improve episodic memory through a non-pharmacological treatment in elderly individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Project PI: Dr Massimo Corbo.


Improving Memory in Schizophrenia with PDE4 inhibitor Roflumilast

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Grant award: KCL & Roehampton University, £80,000

Persistent memory deficits are present in schizophrenia, which are not treated by existing drugs. This impairment affects everyday functioning. Our pilot data showed that the PDE4 inhibitor roflumilast improves memory performance and so may constitute a novel therapy for this disorder. This study aims to replicate and expand on those previous findings to better understand the extent and specificity of memory improvements in schizophrenia with this compound. The study is supported by a joint KHP/MRC award and led by Dr. James Gilleen (Roehampton) and Prof. Mitul Mehta (KCL).



Research Collaborations

Hearing the Voice – Interdisciplinary voice hearing research

Hearing the Voice is an interdisciplinary study of voice-hearing, based at Durham University and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Our international research team includes academics from cognitive neuroscience, English Literature, cultural studies, medical humanities, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, psychiatry and theology. We also work closely with clinicians, voice-hearers and other experts by experience.

In addition to exploring the subjective experience of hearing voices, we are investigating the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie this experience. We are also exploring the links between voice-hearing and creativity, and exploring the ways in which voice-hearing has been interpreted and represented in different cultures, religions and historical periods. Many of our researchers are developing innovative ways of improving therapeutic practice in cases where people find their voices distressing and clinical help is sought.

Professor Paul Allen is research collaborator in this study.