Cognition & Neuroscience

Cognition & Neuroscience

Research into cognitive and neural processes underlying human behaviour.

Cognition and Neuroscience 2
Cognition & Neuroscience

Research into cognitive and neural processes underlying human behaviour. 

Cognition and Neuroscience
Cognition & Neuroscience

Research into cognitive and neural processes underlying human behaviour. 

Cognition & Neuroscience 3

Cognition & Neuroscience

The Cognition & Neuroscience research cluster focuses on computational, processing and neurological mechanisms underlying a wide range of human cognition, from visual perception, through emotion, to higher mental processing. Prominent themes include:

  • normative reasoning and rationality
  • attention and emotion processing, emotion regulation, emotion perception, and music and emotion
  • neural mechanisms of visual perception, intelligence, and emotion
  • eyewitness memory
  • mental processes and representations underlying human language comprehension, language learning and bilingualism 
  • culture and cognition
  • emotion, facial displays, and social influence



Group coordinator:


PhD students/postdoctoral researchers:

  • Ashleigh Jeffries


DMU Collaborations:

External collaborations:

  • Jonathan Evans, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Yuki Kamide, University of Dundee, UK
  • Valerie Thompson, University of Saskatchewan, Canada 
  • David Over, Durham University, UK 
  • Igor Douven, Institut des Sciences humaines et sociales (INSHS), CNRS, France

Selected research outputs

Bisson, M-J., van Heuven, W.J.B., Conklin, K. & Tunney, R.J. (2015). The role of verbal and pictorial information in multi-modal incidental acquisition of foreign language vocabulary. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68(7), 1306-1326. doi.10.1080/17470218.2014.979211

Christou, A. I., Wallis, Y., Bair, H., Crawford, H., Frisson, S., Zeegers, M., & McCleery, J (2015). BDNFVal66Met and 5-HTTLPR genotype are each associated with visual scanning patterns of faces in young children. Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience, 9, 175. 

Crivelli, C., Russell, J. A., Jarillo, S., & Fernández-Dols, J. M. (2016). The fear gasping face as a threat display in a Melanesian society. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 113(44), 12403-12407, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1611622113

Elqayam, S. & Evans, J. St. B. T. (2011). Subtracting 'ought' from 'is': Descriptivism versus normativism in the study of human thinking. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 34, 233-248.

Elqayam, S., Thompson, V.A., Wilkinson, M.R, Evans, J.St.B.T., & Over, D.E. (in press). Deontic Introduction: A Theory of Inference from Is to Ought. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition.

Hall, J. K., Hutton, S. B. and Morgan, M. J. (2010) Sex differences in scanning faces: Does attention to the eyes explain female superiority in facial expression recognition? Cognition and Emotion, 24 (4), pp. 629-637

Kukona, A., Altmann, G. T. M., & Kamide, Y. (2014). Knowing what, where, and when: Event comprehension in language processing. Cognition, 133, 25-31.

Kukona, A., Cho, P. W., Magnuson, J. S., & Tabor, W. (2014). Lexical interference effects in sentence processing: Evidence from the visual world paradigm and self-organizing models. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 40, 326-347.

Sharpe, E., Wallis D.J., & Ridout, N (in press). The influence of variations in eating disorder-related symptoms on processing of emotional faces in a non-clinical female sample: an eye-tracking study. Psychiatry Research, doi:10.1016/jpsychres.2016.04.065

Song, J. (2013). Intelligence. In R. Larsen, D. Buss, & A. Wismeijer (Eds.), Personality psychology. Maidenhead, U.K: McGraw-Hill.

Silberstein, R. B., Pipingas, A., Song, J., Camfield, D. A., Nathan, P. J., & Stough, C. (2011).  Examining brain-cognition effects of Ginkgo Biloba extract: Brain activation in the left temporal and left prefrontal cortex in an object working memory task. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2011. doi:10.1155/2011/164139.

Van den Tol, A. J. M., & Edwards, J. (2014). Listening to sad music in adverse situations: Music selection strategies, self-regulatory goals, listening effect, and mood-enhancement. Psychology of Music.

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