Professor Michael Posner
For more than fifty years Michael Posner has studied how mental operations, particularly those related to attention, are carried out by neural networks. He has used cognitive, imaging and genetic methods. He continues these studies as Prof. Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Oregon and Adjunct Prof. at Weill Medical College. His current work examine the mechanisms of changes in white matter resulting from various forms of training. A mouse model together with optogenetic methods is used to examine the general changes with learning and the reason for individual differences in changed connectivity. We are currently testing if individual differences in methylation efficiency can account for the differences in the degree of change in white matter that occur with learning and development.
Developing Attention: Behavioral and Brain Mechanisms. Advances in Neuroscience 2014 Article ID 405094
Circiuitry of self control and its role in reducing addiction. Trends in Cognitive Science 2015, 19/8 pp 439-445
A polymorphism related to methylation influences attention during performance of speeded skills AIMS Neuroscience 2016
Enhancing attention through training Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 2015, 4, p. 1-5.
Professor Naomi Ellemers
Social psychology of organisations: group processes and intergroup relations; social identity; stereotyping and discrimination; diversity and innovation; work motivation and career development; work-life balance and gender in organisations
Professor Chris Frith
The relationship between the mind and the brain; studies of perception, belief, will and consciousness in sickness and health with a special emphasis on interacting minds