Research themes

Research themes

PARC Research Themes

The research in the PARC covers a broad range of topics focused around how the brain processes incoming information, makes decisions based on this information and then responds with actions in the world. Our research can be grouped under 3 main themes: Perception, Attention, and Action.

TMS and EEG Equipment 

Perception

Perceiving the world and all that it contains is vital for normal functioning. Our research explores how we perceive the world from simple shapes to entire scenes. We use a variety of neuroimaging techniques and behavioural measures to explore how our brain generates the perceptual reality we ‘see’.

Some of the projects within this theme

Researchers within this theme

Attention

Attention is fundamental for successful functioning in the world. Our research studies the factors that influence the way we select and combine information within and across multiple senses and what distracts us, the relationship between attention and awareness, and the neural mechanisms that underpin these crucial aspects of human perception.

Some of the projects within this theme

Researchers within this theme

Action

Our research on Action falls under two broad themes.  In one line of work, we use people’s actions (reaching, grasping and eye-movements) as a ‘window’ in on the dynamics of human information processing.  In the other line of work, we study the neural and sensorimotor mechanisms that are involved in action planning and control.

Some of the projects within this theme

Researchers within this theme

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