Equipment & Techniques
My lab primarily explores brain-scanning data with mathematical tools (especially information theory) to research a range of basic and clinical science questions. From a clinical science perspective, we are interested in how the brain changes in old age and dementia, and what can be done to slow these negative effects. From a basic science perspective, we are particularly interested in how the brain generates consciousness. My previous research areas have included consciousness, working memory, attention, intelligence, strategic processing and chunking in the normal population, as well as those with focal brain damage, synaesthesia, Asperger Syndrome and savants. I've largely explored these issues using a range of neuroimaging techniques, including fMRI, PET and TMS and have been particularly interested in the function of the prefrontal and parietal cortices. I have used cognitive training, both as an experimental tool to simulate synaesthesia in those without this condition, and as a potentially clinical tool, to raise cognition, either in the normal population, or to halt cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease.