Research

I co-direct the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) Lab at the School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). The School of Psychology at UCLan is well resourced with state-of-the-art EEG facilities and a Child Observation Suite. UCLan is home to the Young Scientist Centre and the Forensic Centre, one of the largest centres of aggression research in the United Kingdom.

Research in the DCN lab encompasses a broad range of areas in Developmental Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. The affective neuroscience programme of our lab focuses on a number of areas including the neural correlates of emotion processing in children and adolescents with behaviour problems. Our cognitive neuroscience research programme focuses on the neural basis of nonverbal communication and language in children. Our research has a number of implications for policy and educational settings.

An important focus of my research is the neurobiology of emotion and reward processing in children and adolescents with psychopathology including hyperactivity/impulsivity, conduct problems and emotional difficulties. My work focuses specifically on understanding the neural correlates of vocal anger processing in children with externalising behaviour problems and related difficulties.

My research aims to enhance understanding of the underlying neurobiological mechanisms of developmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and associated conditions with the aim of utilising this knowledge to inform preventive intervention. A related focus of my research is to examine the neural basis of emotion processing from non-verbal cues (i.e., faces and voices) in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

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