Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Research Centre

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The overall aim of the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Research Centre (CCNRC) is to develop knowledge of the cognitive and neural processes underlying typical and atypical behaviour. Research in the CCNRC focuses around three main areas: face processing, attention & memory, and visual cognition. Research is both basic and applied and utilizes a range of methodologies and techniques, including eye-tracking, functional brain imaging, brain stimulation, and behavioural experiments.


Attention & Memory Group

The Attention & Memory Cluster centres on attention and memory in various sensory modalities (e.g., visual, auditory, tactile etc.), and addresses many closely-related brain functions such as perception, reasoning, decision making, and language processing. Our research projects try to explain how these core brain functions operate and interact in the general population or clinically diagnosed patients, who are exposed to either controlled experiments or more realistic social situations. In addition to standard behavioural measures (response speed, accuracy etc.), advanced techniques such as eye tracking, transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS), and electroencephalography (EEG), modelling of neural activities are also vigorously applied.


Face Processing Group

The Face Processing Group aims to understand the mechanisms of face perception. We study all aspects of face perception, including face recognition, face learning, face recognition disorders, recognition of facial expressions, processing of social and affective information, appraisal of facial attractiveness, development of face processing, cultural and individual difference, neural correlates, and forensic and commercial applications.


Visual Cognition Group

The Visual Cognition Laboratory in the Psychology Department seeks to extend knowledge of how the integration of visual information with existing knowledge directs behaviour and moderates learning. The group’s core laboratory methods include eye tracking and virtual reality simulation, techniques that are easily adapted to understanding visual cognition in real world settings, which is a major focus of their work (e.g., spatial learning; reading; language learning).


Current and Recently Funded Projects

Current and Recently Funded Projects

  • High Dimensional Heterogeneous Data based Animation Techniques for Southeast Asian Intangible Cultural Heritage  (2016-2020); European Commission Horizon 2020​ – ANIAGE (for further details contact Prof. Changhong Liu:
  • Audiovisual Lexical Tone Perception: Evidence from Eye-tracking Studies (2016-2017); BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants (for further details contact Dr Zeng:
  • Developmental changes in visual information sampling for road traffic situations (2015-2018); Swiss National Science Foundation, Switzerland (for further details contact Dr Miellet:
  • Dementia Friendly Architecture: Minimising Spatial Disorientation in Care Homes (2015-2017); ESRC (for further details contact Dr Wiener:
  • Neurofeedback Diagnosis and Treatment on Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (2014-2016). Boen EEG Information Technology Co. Ltd. (for further details contact Dr Zeng:
  • Liu C.H.: 2015-2017 Effects of high-level face adaptation on identity discrimination. National Natural Science Foundation of China. CI (for further details contact Prof. Liu:
  • Liu C.H.: 2015-2017 Unconscious processing of facial attractiveness. National Natural Science Foundation of China. CI. (for further details contact Prof. Liu:
  • To Optimise the 3D Animation Encoding of Visualised Face and Lip Movement and Facilitate English Speaking People to Learn Chinese Lexical Tones (2014-2017). Tian Pei IT Company Ltd, for further information contact Dr Zeng Biao:
  • I can see you too! How does potential interaction with onscreen others influence social gaze? (2015) Experimental Psychology Society Small Grant, (for further details contact Dr Gregory:


Externally funded PhD Studentships

Externally funded PhD Studentships

  • He X., Miellet S., Balaguer-Ballester E., Zeng B.:2016-2019: Hooray Education-£24,000 (BU matched-funded PhD studentship- interpersonal processing: social facets of human cognition)
  • McDougall S., Turner K. (Royal Bournemouth Hospital), Thomas K., Bolderston H.: 2015-18: Bournemouth Nuffield Health Foundation – £24,000 (BU matched-funded PhD studentship – surgeons’ decision-making)
  • McDougall S., Turner K. (Royal Bournemouth Hospital), Thomas K., Bolderston H.:: 2016-2019: Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Trust – £24,000 (BU matched-funded PhD studentship – surgeons’ decision-making)
  • Slattery T., Kirkby J. & McDougall S: 2016-2019: Microsoft – £24,000 (BU matched-funded PhD studentship – Eye movements and reading at sentence and line boundaries: Exploring wrap-up and return sweep effects.)
  • Zeng B., Zhang J. (Media School): 2014-2017: Tian Pei IT Company Ltd – 24,000 (BU matched-funded PhD studentship-To Optimise the 3D Animation Encoding of Visualised Face and Lip Movement and Facilitate English Speaking People to Learn Chinese Lexical Tones).
  • Zeng B., Mattys S.(University of York), Gregory N: 2013-2016: Tian Pei IT Company Ltd – 24,000 (BU matched-funded PhD studentship – To Enhance English Speaking People’s Learning Performance on Chinese Lexical Tones with Feedback Mechanism)




The CCNRC is equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities, including several SR Research eye trackers, EEG facilities, tDCS and a Virtual Environments lab (see youtube video below).



Publications 2015

Publications (2015)

  • Angele, B., Schotter, E.R., Slattery, T.J., Chaloukian, T.L., Bicknell, K., Rayner, K. (2015). Do successor effects in reading reflect parafoveal processing? Evidence from corpus based and experimental eye movement data. Journal of Memory and Language, 79-80, 76-96.
  • Godwin H.J., Liversedge S.P., Kirkby J.A., Boardman M., Cornes K., & Donnelly N. (2015). The influence of experience upon information-sampling and decision-making behaviour during risk assessment in military personnel. Visual Cognition 23(4):1-17.
  • Laishley A.E., Liversedge S.P., & Kirkby J.A.(2015). Lexical processing in children and adults during word copying. Journal of Cognitive Psychology 27(5):1-16.
  • Slattery, T.J. (2015). Eye movements and Typography. In “Digital Fonts and Reading” (Series on Computer Processing of Languages), edited by M. C. Dyson and C. Y. Suen.(in press).
  • Gregory, N. J., Lόpez, B., Graham, G., Marshman, P., Bate, S., & Kargas, N. (2015). Reduced Gaze Following and Attention to Heads when Viewing a “Live” Social Scene. PLoS ONE, 10(4), e0121792. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0121792
  • Godwin H.J., Liversedge S.P., Kirkby J.A., Boardman M., Cornes K., & Donnelly N. (2015). The influence of experience upon information-sampling and decision-making behaviour during risk assessment in military personnel. Visual Cognition 23(4):1-17.
  • Hills, P. J., Eaton, E., & Pake, J. M. (2015). People with high schizotypal personality avoid eye-contact. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2015.1034143
  • He, X., Sebanz, N., Sui, J., & Humphreys, G. W. (2014). Individualism-collectivism and interpersonal memory guidance of attention. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 54, 102-114.
  • Valentine, T., Lewis, M. B., & Hills, P. J. (2015). Face-space: A unifying concept in face recognition research. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
  • Thompson, C., Howting, L., & Hills, P. J. (2015). The transference of visual search between two unrelated tasks: Measuring the temporal characteristics of carry-over. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
  • Bate, S., Bennetts, R., Parris, B. A., Binderman, M., Bussunt, A., & Udale, R. (2015). Oxytocin increases bias but not accuracy in line-up identification. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10(7), 1010-1014.
  • Bate, S., & Bennetts, R. (2015). The independence of expression and identity in face-processing: Evidence from neuropsychological case studies. Frontiers in Psychology, 6,770. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00770
  • Bennetts, R., Butcher, N., Lander, K., Udale, R., & Bate, S. (2015). Movement cues aid face recognition in developmental prosopagnosia. Neuropsychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/neu0000187
  • König, C., Wirz, A., Thomas, K. & Weidmann, R. (2015). The effects of previous underestimation of task duration on estimating future task duration. Current Psychology, 34, 1-13.
  • Lao, J., Miellet, S., Pernet, C., Sokhn, N., Caldara, R. (2015). iMap 4: An Open Source Toolbox for the Statistical Fixation Mapping of Eye Movement data with Linear Mixed Modeling. Journal of Vision, 15(12):793. doi: 10.1167/15.12.793
  • Liu, M., He, X., Rotshtein, P., & Sui, J. (2015). Dynamic head orientation of the self facilitates the automaticity of attentional attraction. Cognitive Neuroscience, in press. doi:10.1080/17588928.2015.1044428
  • Lapish C L & Balaguer-Ballester, E (shared first co-authorship), Phillps, T., Seamans, J. and Durstewitz, D. 2015. Amphetamine Bidirectionally alters Prefrontal Cortex Attractor Dynamics during Working Memory. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(28) 10172-10187.
  • Longmore, C.A., Liu, C.H. & Young, A.W. (2015). The importance of internal facial features in learning new faces. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68 (2), 249-260.
  • Chen, W., Liu, C. H., Li, H., Tong, Ke., Ren, N., & Fu, X. (2015). Facial expression at retrieval affects recognition of facial identity. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:780. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00780.
  • Liu, M., Liu, C.H., Zhu, Y., Wang, R., Rotshtein, R., & Sui, J. (2015). Self-related information interfere with task performances: A cross-cultural investigation. Culture and Brain, 1. DOI: 10.1007/s40167-015-0030-3.
  • Hodgson, T.L, Parris, B. A., Benetayallah, A., & Summers, I. (in press). Evidence for multi-modal representation of effector modality in frontal cortex during rule switching. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  • Hasshim, N. & Parris, B.A. (in press).  Assessing stimulus-stimulus (semantic) conflict in the Stroop task using saccadic two-to-one color response mapping and pre-response pupillary measures. Attention Perception and Psychophysics.
  • Elisa, R. E. & Parris, B. A. (2015). The relationship between core symptoms of ADHD and the Cognitive Reflection Test in a non-clinical sample. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. DOI:
  • Abutalebi, J., Guidi,L., Borsa, V., Canini, M., Della Rosa, P. A., Parris, B. A., and Weekes, B. S. (2015). Bilingualism provides a neural reserve for aging populations. Neuropsychologia, 69: 201-210.
  • O’Malley, Innes, Wiener., 2015. Decreasing spatial disorientation in care-home settings: How psychology can guide the development of dementia friendly design guidelines. Dementia
  • de Condappa, O. and Wiener, J., 2015. Human place and response learning: navigation strategy selection, pupil size and gaze behavior. Psychological Research (in press)
  • Strickrodt M, O’Malley M and Wiener JM (2015). This place looks familiar – how navigators distinguish places with ambiguous landmark objects when learning novel routes. Front. Psychol. 6:1936. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01936





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