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Cognitive Neuroscience

The techniques of Cognitive Neuroscience provide scientists with deeper insight into the mechanisms and processes that underlie cognition and behaviour. Within the Cognitive Neuroscience group at Sheffield we have a broad range of interests, and a common goal of understanding human cognition and the factors that influence cognition.

Our work addresses topics including decision making, learning, memory, cognitive plasticity, perception, emotional regulation, risk-taking, social attention, and expertise. We study these processes across the life-span and within different clinical and non-clinical populations. We have a particular interest in individual differences, and on understanding the ways in which life-experiences including aging and early-life stress, and clinical conditions can affect cognition and behaviour. Alongside this our, work focuses on developing techniques for interventions and the identification of biomarkers that can be used for screening, stratification and measuring outcomes.


Dr Megan Freeth

  • Social attention in the real world
  • The neural basis of social attention
  • The expression of autism in rare genetic syndromes

Dr Myles Jones

  • Analysis of EEG signals
  • Neuromodulation Techniques (tDCS)
  • Psychophysics
  • Individual Differences
Dr Liat Levita

Dr Liat Levita

  • Understanding affective and cognitive development during adolescence
  • Adolescence: mental health & risk taking
  • Emotional regulation and neurological functional disorders
  • Research tools: EEG , fMRI, sMRI and physiological recording (EDR, EMG, ECG)

Dr Elizabeth Milne

  • Individual differences within the autism phenotype
  • Neural variability
  • Mental health and autism
  • Unravelling what EEG can tell us about perception and attention

Dr Tom Stafford

  • Learning and decision making
  • The relationship between ADHD traits and sensory sensitivity
  • How understanding the intelligence of simple actions can allow us to understand intelligence more generally 

Dr Claudia von Bastian

  • Cognitive plasticity through short-term interventions and life-long experiences
  • Individual differences and age-related change in cognitive abilities, in particular executive functions and working memory
  • Development of Tatool, an open-source experiment software