Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Research

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The interdisciplinary research group for neuroscience at Bournemouth University was founded in 2014 as a network embodying researchers in the fields of cognitive, social, systems and computational neuroscience, translational genetics and cognitive neuropsychology from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Health and Social Sciences and collaborating institutions.

Over the last few years Bournemouth University has recruited staff in the fields of cognitive and social psychology, cognitive neuroscience and systems and computational neuroscience. On top of this investment in people, BU has provided neuroscientific equipment including Electro-encephalography (EEG), Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) systems, eye trackers and translational generics labs; and also established links with local hospitals to gain access to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners. Neuroscience is now represented strongly at Bournemouth University, and is becoming one of the major directions of BU research.

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The research network is designed to provide innovative approaches for identifying the neural underpinnings of cognitive processing. To achieve this goal, we use a wide range of multidisciplinary approaches spanning from behavioural experiments, eye-tracking, EEG, fMRI, tDCS, genetics and in vivo electrophysiology  to neurocomputational modelling. In addition, we further foster neuroscience research by developing graduate and post-graduate programs, holding symposiums and workshops, running seminars and by encouraging the application of neuroscientific methods to various research fields spanning across disciplines.
The Neuroscience research group at Bournemouth University is comprised of and is supported by a series of research laboratories with expertise in cognitive psychology, social psychology, psycholinguistics, human electrophysiology, generics and neuroimaging. The research topics include visual attention and memory, social attention (interpersonal processes), way-finding processing, cognitive control, neurolinguistics, psychiatric genetics and computational neuroscience.

The use neuroimaging and neurophysiological recordings is a fundamental tool in neuroscience which enables us to understand the normal and altered flow of information in the brain. Neurocomputational approaches can establish causal links between processing levels ranging from neuronal activities to ensemble responses, and then to higher cognitive functions. Towards this goal, our laboratories are equipped with a 64-channel EEG system, cutting-edge eye-tracking, translational genetics equipment and tDCS. Furthermore, we have multiple collaborations with British and international institutions which provide access to MRI, fMRI, state-of-the-art MEG scanners and in-vivo multi-array cell and optical recording systems.

Selected publications

Selected Recent Journal Papers and Books







  • Bell, J, Sampasivam, S., McGovern, D., Meso, A. I and Kingdom, FA. (2014). Inflections are coded features in human vision. Journal of Vision 14(7)12.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E, Tabas-Diaz, A, and Budka, M. (2014). Can we identify non-stationary dynamics in trial-to-trial variability? PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0095648.
  • de Condappa, O. and Wiener, J. (2014). Human place and response learning: navigation strategy selection, pupil size and gaze behavior. Psychological Research. DOI: 10.1007/s00426-014-0642-9.
  • He, X., Sebanz, N., Sui, J. and Humphreys, G.W. (2014). Individualism-collectivism and interpersonal memory guidance of attention. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 54, 102-114.
  • He, X., Witzel, C., Forder, L., Clifford, A. and Franklin, A. (2014). Color categories only affect post-perceptual processes when same- and different-category colors are equally discriminable. Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 31, A322-A331.
  • Herron, K., Dijk, D.-J., Dean, P., Seiss, E. and Sterr, A. (2014). Quantitative electroencephalography and behavioural correlates of daytime sleepiness in chronic stroke. BioMed Research International. DOI: 10.1155/2014/794086.
  • Meso, A.I, Chemla, S. (2014) Perceptual fields reveal previously hidden dynamics of human visual motion sensitivity. Journal of Neurophysiology. doi: 10.1152/jn.00698.2014.
  • Meso, A.I, Simoncini, C. (2014) Towards an understanding of the roles of visual areas MT and MST in computing speed. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. 8:92.
  • Miellet, S., Lao, J. and Caldara, R. (2014). An appropriate use of iMap produces correct statistical results: a reply to McManus (2013) iMAP and iMAP2 produce erroneous statistical maps of eye-movement differences. Perception, 43, 451-457.
  • Miellet, S., Caldara, R., Raju, M., Gillberg, C. and Minnis, H. (2014). Reactive Affective Disorders symptoms impair social judgements from faces. Psychiatry Research, 215, 747-752. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.01.004.
  • Miller J.K. and J.M. Wiener,  (2014). PTSD recovery, Spatial Processing, and the val66met Polymorphism. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.  DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00100J.
  • Parris, B. A., Dienes, Z., Bate, S., and Gothard, S. (2014). Oxytocin impedes the effect of the posthypnotic word blindness suggestion on Stroop task performance. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9 (7), 895-899. doi: 10.1093/scan/nst063.
  • Rankin, J. Meso, A.I, Masson, G.S, Faugeras, O. and Kornprobst, P (2014). Bifurcation study of a neural field competition model with an application to perceptual switching in motion integration. Journal of Computational Neuroscience. 36(2): p193-213.
  • Seiss, E., Klippel, M., Hope, C., Boy, F. and Sumner, P. (2014). The relationship between reversed masked priming and the tri-phasic pattern of the lateralised readiness potential. PLoS ONE, 9 (4).
  • Thompson, S.B.N. (2014). This will make you yawn. New Scientist, 224 (3000/3001), 38-39.
  •  Thompson, S.B.N. (2014). Yawning, fatigue and cortisol: expanding the Thompson Cortisol Hypothesis. Medical Hypotheses, 83 (4), 494-496.
  • Wolbers, T. and Wiener, J.M. (2014). Challenges for identifying the neural mechanisms that support spatial navigation: the impact of spatial scale. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 8:571. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00571
  • Pincham, H.L., Matejko, A., Obersteiner, A., Killikelly, C., Abrahao, K., Benavides-Varela, S., Gabriel, F., Rato, J. and Vuillier, L. (2014). Forging a new path for Educational Neuroscience: An international young-researcher perspective on combining neuroscience and educational practices. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 3, 28-31.


  • Lee, S.H., McGhee, K.A. et al. (2013). Genetic relationship between five psychiatric disorders estimated from genome-wide SNPs. Nature Genetics, 45 (9), 984.
  • Terwisscha van Scheltinga AF, Bakker SC, van Haren NE, Derks EM, Buizer-Voskamp JE, Boos HB, Cahn W, Hulshoff Pol HE, Ripke S, Ophoff RA, Kahn RS; Psychiatric Genome-wide Association Study Consortium (2013). Genetic schizophrenia risk variants jointly modulate total brain and white matter volume. Biological Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2012.08.017.
  • Hope, C., Seiss, E., Dean, P.J.A., Williams, K.E.M. and Sterr, A. (2013). Consumption of glucose drinks slows sensorimotor processing: Double-blind placebo-controlled studies with the Eriksen flanker task. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00651.
  • Yip, P.K., Dyall, S.C. et al. (2013). The Omega-3 Fatty Acid Eicosapentaenoic Acid Accelerates Disease Progression in a Model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. PLoS ONE, 8 (4).
  • Lim, S.N., Gladman, S.J., Dyall, S.C., Patel, U., Virani, N., Kang, J.X., Priestley, J.V. and Michael-Titus, A.T. (2013). Transgenic mice with high endogenous omega-3 fatty acids are protected from spinal cord injury. Neurobiology of Disease, 51, 104-112.
  • Meso, A. I, Durant, S. and Zanker, J.M (2013). Perceptual separation of transparent motion components: the integration of motion, luminance and shape cues. Experimental Brain Research 230(1):71-86
  • Wiener, J.M., de Condappa, O., Harris, M.A., Wolbers, T. (2013). Maladaptive bias for extrahippocampal navigation strategies in aging humans. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(14), 6012-6017
  • Hills, T.T., Kalff, C. and Wiener, J.M. (2013) Adaptive Lévy Processes and Area-Restricted Search in Human Foraging. PLoS ONE 8(4): e60488. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0060488
  • Kessler, K. and Miellet, S. (2013). Perceiving conspecifics as integrated “body gestalts” is an embodied process. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142(3), 774-790.   DOI: 10.1037/a0029617.
  • Miellet, S., Vizioli, L., He, L., Zhou, X. and Caldara, R. (2013). Mapping face recognition information use across cultures. Frontiers in Perception Science, 4:34. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00034.
  • Bernal-Casas, D., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Gerchen, M., Iglesias, S., Walter, H., Heinz, A., Meyer-Lindenberg, A., Stephan, K.E. and Kirsch, P. (2013). Multi-site reproducibility of prefrontal-hippocampal connectivity estimates by stochastic dynamic causal models. Neuroimage, 82: 555-563.


  • Gladman, S.J., Huang, W., Lim, S.N., Dyall, S.C., Boddy, S., Kang, J.X., Knight, M.M., Priestley, J.V. and Michael-Titus, A.T. (2012). Improved outcome after peripheral nerve injury in mice with increased levels of endogenous Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Journal of Neuroscience, 32 (2), 563-571.
  • Meso, A. I, Hess, R. F (2012) Evidence for multiple extra-striate mechanisms behind perception of visual motion gradients. Vision Research 64. 42-48.
  • Dean, P.J.A., Seiss, E. and Sterr, A. (2012). Motor Planning in Chronic Upper-Limb Hemiparesis: Evidence from Movement-Related Potentials. PLoS ONE, 7 (10).
  • Hyman, J., Ma, L., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Durstewitz, D. and Seamans, J. (2012). Contextual encoding by ensembles of medial prefrontal cortex neurons. PNAS, 109 (13) 5086-5091.
  • Sui, J., He, X. and Humphreys, G.W. (2012). Perceptual effects of social salience: Evidence from self-prioritization effects on perceptual matching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, 1105-1117.
  • Wiener, J.M., Kmecova, H. and de Condappa, O. (2012). Route repetition and route retracing: Effects of cognitive aging. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 4(7).
  • Wiener, J.M., Hölscher, C., Büchner, S. and Konieczny, L. (2012). Gaze behaviour during space perception and spatial decision making. Psychological Research, 76, 713-729.
  • Harris, M.A., Wiener, J.M. and Wolbers, T. (2012). Aging specifically impairs switching to an allocentric navigational strategy. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 4(20).
  • Towler, J., Gosling, A., Duchaine, B. and Eimer, M. (2012). The face-sensitive N170 component in developmental prosopagnosia. Neuropsychologia, 50 (14), 3588-3599.
  • Eimer, M., Gosling, A. and Duchaine, B., (2012). Electrophysiological markers of covert face recognition in developmental prosopagnosia. Brain, 135 (2), 542-554.
  • Eimer, M., Gosling, A. and Duchaine, B., (2012). Electrophysiological markers of covert face recognition in developmental prosopagnosia. Brain, 135 (Pt 2), 542-554.
  • Zeng, B., Law, J. and Lindsay, G. (2012). Characterizing optimal intervention intensity: The relationship between dosage and effect size in interventions for children with developmental speech and language difficulties. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 14 (5), 471-477.
  • Law, J., Zeng, B., Lindsay, G. and Beecham, J. (2012). Cost-effectiveness of interventions for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN): A review using the Drummond and Jefferson (1996) ‘Referee’s Checklist’. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 47 (1), 1-10.
  • Beecham, J., Law, J., Zeng, B. and Lindsay, G. (2012). Costing children’s speech, language and communication interventions. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 47 (5).
  • McDougall, S. and Pfeifer, G. (2012). Personality differences in mental imagery and the effects on verbal memory. Br J Psychol, 103 (4), 556-573.
  • McDougall, S. and House, B. (2012). Brain training in older adults: Evidence of transfer to memory span performance and pseudo-Matthew effects. Aging, Neuropsychology & Cognition.
  • McDougall, S. and Pfeifer, G. (2012). Personality differences in mental imagery and the effects on verbal memory. British Journal of Psychology.
  • Harkin, B., Miellet, S., & Kessler, K. (2012). What checkers actually check: An eye tracking study of working memory and executive control. PLoS ONE, 7(9): e44689. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0044689.
  •  Miellet, S., He, L., Zhou, X., Lao, J. & Caldara, R. (2012). When East meets West: gaze-contingent Blindspots abolish cultural diversity in eye movements for faces. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 5(2):4, 1-12.


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Last Seminar: Dr Daniel Richardson (UCL): Social Orchestration

27th/March/2019  15:00-16:00. P401 Poole House.




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