Functional neuroanatomy of language, gesture and action (Holle, Schindler, Riggs, O'Connor, Jellema)
Our research focuses on the brain processes underpinning language, gesture and action. Examples include neural bases of gesture-speech integration (Holle, Schindler, Riggs), the role of co-speech gesture in second language acquisition (Holle, O'Connor) and neural correlates of action prediction and anticipation (Jellema, Schindler).
Clinical neuroscience of itch perception (Holle, Schindler, George)
We aim to identify brain regions critically involved in the perception of itch, as well as investigating whether itch intensity can be reduced via modulating brain activity (Holle, Schindler) or modulating sensory information (Holle, George).
Cognitive neuroscience of social cognition (Jellema, Schindler, Riggs, O'Connor)
This project investigates the brain processes and mechanisms underpinning social perception, social interaction and the processing of emotions. Current projects are concerned with theory of mind in people with autism (Jellema, Riggs, O'Connor) as well as the neural basis of action prediction/anticipation in autism (Jellema, Schindler).
Neural architecture of space representation (Schindler, Riggs, Large)
This theme focuses on the neural representation of far space (the space outside arm-reaching distance) vs near space (the space within arm-reaching distance). Our research takes a two-tiered approach, involving neuropsychological testing of patients with visuospatial neglect (Schindler) as well as virtual-lesion approaches using neuromodulatory methods such as TMS and tDCS (Schindler, Riggs, Large).