Cognitive Neuroscientists seek to understand how the cognitive mechanisms that guide human behaviour are implemented in the neural circuitry of the brain.
The department has a number of research groups whose work is focussed on understanding the neural basis of perception, attention, memory, language, decision-making, and social behaviour. Their research uses cognitive testing, computational modelling, brain stimulation, and structural and functional brain imaging in healthy humans and patient populations. Researchers enjoy access to state-of-the-art imaging facilities, including 3T and 7T scanners at the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (fMRIB) and EEG, MEG and TMS at the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity. Research on patients takes place at the Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre.