neuroscience & cognitive neuropsychiatry


Our research aims to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying psychiatric symptoms. We utilise experimental techniques drawn from cognitive psychology, functional neuroimaging, psychopharmacology, computational modeling, and genetics, in both patient groups and healthy volunteers.

Currently a major focus of our laboratory is investigating changes in reward and punishment processing and decision-making in depression, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). We also collaborate with researchers in the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit to develop and test models of decision-making in healthy volunteers, which can be applied to depression. Other recent work has focused on abnormal reward processing in schizophrenia, and impulsivity in Parkinson’s Disease.

The group leader is Prof. Jon Roiser and you can see the other lab members here.



media coverage includes

http://www.newstatesman.com/lifestyle/2015/07/hacking-brain-can-diy-neuroscience-make-you-happier-and-smarter




Prof. Jonathan Roiser recently wrote for The Psychologist about the use of neuroscience for clinical psychology:

Read the full article here

Read a commentary on the article by Tom Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health here

Read a Reuters interview with Prof. Jonathan Roiser here

Dr Jonathan Roiser on "Brain imaging"

Dr Jonathan Roiser on "Ask a Neuroscientist"




News

Dr Jonathan Roiser was interviewed for Australian national radio (ABC) discussing how to bridge the gap between neuroscience research and psychiatry treatment. 
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Camilla Nord was recently interviewed for an article published in the New Statesman about transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and its potential use for depression and cognitive enhancement 
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Dr Oliver Robinson was interviewed for an article in the Guardian on the question "What is depression?"
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Dr Oliver Robinson and lab members recently spoke to (and shocked-- with electricity that is!) members of the public at the Royal Institution Lates http://www.rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/april/lates-questioning-reality
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News coverage of anhedonia research- Niall Lally's work on the ability of ketamine to reverse anhedonia symptoms in major depression reported in Newsweek  and Vice 
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News coverage of habenula research- widespread media coverage of Dr Rebecca Lawson and Dr Jonathan Roiser's recent PNAS publication, "The habenula encodes negative motivational value associated with primary punishment in humans", including:

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Junior Nonclinical Psychopharmacology Award Winner- Dr Oliver Robinson won the Junior Nonclinical Psychopharmacology Award at the 2014 summer meeting in Cambridge. Read about his win: http://www.bap.org.uk/pdfs/Biography-Oliver_Robinson.pdf
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BAP Poster Prize- Agnes Norbury won the British Association of Psychopharmacology (BAP) poster prize at the 2014 summer meeting in Cambridge. Read about her win: http://www.bap.org.uk/pdfs/Biography-Agnes_Norbury.pdf
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Psychopharmacology Award- Dr Jonathan Roiser won the British Association of Psychopharmacology (BAP) Psychopharmacology award at the 2013 summer meeting on the topic "Individual differences in psychopharmacology: where do they come from and why should we care?"
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Spearman Medal- Dr Jonathan Roiser won the British Psychological Society's 2013 Spearman Medal, awarded in recognition of outstanding published work in psychology.
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BAP Poster Prize- Niall Lally won the British Association of Psychopharmacology (BAP) poster prize at the 2013 summer meeting in Harrogate. The poster was titled "Anti-anhedonic effects of ketamine and its neural correlates in depression"
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Drugs:Live
- Dr Jonathan Roiser will be appearing on channel 4's Drugs:Live event on Thursday 27th September 2012 from 9pm. Tune in to find out more.

BAP Poster Prize - Dr Rebecca Lawson won the British Association of Psychopharmacology (BAP) poster prize at the 2012 summer meeting in Harrogate. The poster was titled "Habenula responses to aversive stimuli in humans: a high-resolution fMRI study"