My research focuses on the neural processes that lie behind memory and learning.
I am particularly interested in the neural substrates of recognition memory. Differences in neuronal activity are detected electrophysiologically and by using immunocyotchemical markers such as Fos, a protein that is produced at higher levels in more active regions of the brain. By measuring activity differences after presenting stimuli that vary in familiarity - from a novel stimulus, which has never been previously encountered, to familiar stimuli, experienced many times before - it is possible to observe in which regions of the brain and under what circumstances the level of familiarity correlates with modulation of activity. These researches are conducted in close collaboration with Professor Zafar Bashir and Dr E Clea Warburton, and Professors John Aggleton and John Pearce in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wales, Cardiff.