Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

Neurotechnology and Neuroplasticity Lab

In the Neurotechnology and Neuroplasticity Lab a major focus of our research is on how the brain stores and retrieves memories, and how the medial temporal lobe memory system/default mode network interacts with brain areas in the service of episodic future thinking, planning and decision making. Topics currently under investigation include spatial cognition, the effects of alcohol, stress, depression, and exercise on the brain and memory, the role of hippocampal neurogenesis in memory, and the interaction between the default mode network, executive and salience networks in those with mood disorders. We use a combination of computational modelling and empirical studies to investigate the neural bases of learning and memory. We are applying our research discoveries to the development of neurally inspired hearing assistive devices, brain-computer-interfaces, and sensory substitution for prosthetic limbs, which includes studies on virtual sound localization, and the effects of sensory feedback on prosthetic functionality.