Former organisational unit. 3/11/14. Taken over by Perception, Action and Decision Making


Postal address:
Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey

Organisation profile

Research is focused on the study of sensation, perception, cognition and motor behaviour using psychophysical and neuroscientific methods including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The department hosts a range of state-of-the-art research facilities including an on-site, research-dedicated 3T Siemens Trio MRI scanner. Principal investigators in the BAB Group are currently funded by BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society, European Union FP7, Leverhulme Trust, and a range of third stream sources (see “recent awards” on home page).

Neuroscience at RHUL

Staff in the the Brain and Behaviour are also members of the Neuroscience Group at Royal Holloway.

Our specific areas of interest and expertise are outlined below:

Dr Szonya Durant:  Perceptual space and time, neuronal population coding of image features, sensory adaptation, combination of sensory attributes. Using psychophysics, fMRI and computational modelling. Find out more

Dr Scott Glover: The functional and neurological underpinnings of reaching and grasping movements, and how in particular these are affected by cognitive and perceptual variables. Determining whether things such as visual illusions and semantics differentially affect the planning and execution (on-line control) of reaching and grasping. Identifying brain regions responsible for either the planning or control of actions. Find out more

Dr Stephen Hammett: Perceived speed in human vision; Motion Sharpening and Motion Blurs; Automation of cervical cytology; Cricket. Find out more

Dr Jonas Larsson: Computational neuroimaging of human visual perception. Mapping and characterisation of human visual cortex, with specific emphasis on elucidating the mechanisms underlying spatiotemporal modulations of neuronal activity, such as adaptation and surround suppression, and how these influence representations of  shape information in cortical neuronal networks. Find out more

Dr Narender Ramnani: Research is focussed on understanding the mechanisms in the human brain that underlie human cognition, particularly in relation to decision-making, learning and the cognitive control of action. Most current projects focus on cortico-cerebellar information processing. Find out more

Professor Andy Smith: Use of fMRI techniques to elucidate visual processes in the human brain. Psychophysical studies of the early stages visual processing, particularly the detection of image motion. Find out more

Dr Manos Tsakiris: The main focus of LAB: Lab of action & body research is to empirically identify the basic neurocognitive principles governing the sense of agency and body-ownership, and the interaction between them. Research is inter-disciplinary, based on neuroscientific and psychological experimental paradigms as well as on neurophilosophical approaches to selfhood. Find out more

Professor Robin Walker: How the brain transforms a sensory input into a co-ordinated motor output (a process called 'sensorimotor transformation'). More specifically, my research centres on the human eye-movement (oculomotor) system. The overall aim is to further our understanding of how the network of cortical and sub-cortical regions function for the control of eye movements (called saccades). Find out more

Professor John Wann: The Action Research Lab has a particular interest in human behaviour and performance centred around perception and action.  Research interests include: the neural aspects of perception for action using fMRI; the temporal and spatial aspects of planning and controlling goal-directed actions; the visual processing skills of adults and children in the context of road crossing; and why some children fail to develop the close linkage of perception to action that most of us rely upon. Find out more

Professor Johannes Zanker: Visual information processing in humans, in particular motion perception, and possible applications in artificial systems. Find out more

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