The group brings together researchers investigating memory and learning from a cognitive, neuroscientific and/or computational perspective. The general research field of memory and learning is strongly represented at the University of Birmingham. Individual groups investigate such diverse functions as episodic long-term memory, working memory, perceptual and motor plasticity, and learning in artificial systems. We use a variety of methods including brain imaging, electrophysiology (including sleep monitoring), cellular and molecular approaches in humans and rodents, brain stimulation techniques, and computational modelling. Group members come from the School of Psychology, the Medical School, the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics.
Many of us conduct basic research, studying how memories are stored, maintained and expressed in human brain and behaviour. However, we also translate our research into applied and clinical contexts. Such contexts include memory in ageing populations, the role of memory for eating behaviour, intrusive memories in post-traumatic stress disorders, and the effect physical exercise on memory functioning. We believe that pooling our various areas of interest and expertise will open exciting new routes to research with a broad impact.