In neuropsychology, we investigate how different cognitive abilities (such as perception, language, memory) and emotional capacities are organised in the human brain. 

The traditional approach to this is to study people who have clinical disorders that damage specific brain regions. At UNSW, we work with people who have suffered brain injury from trauma. We also work with people who have suffered a stroke affecting a particular brain region and people with dementia.  

We can also learn about brain processes by examining people with developmental conditions that affect the way they learn and interact with the world, such as people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Disorders. 

Our research

Using specialised techniques such as functional neuroimaging and electroencephalography (EEG), we're also able to examine how the healthy, normal brain activates in response to particular tasks, giving us a new window into understanding brain function by working with healthy adults. 

A major area of neuropsychology that we are currently examining falls under the umbrella of social cognition. Social cognition refers to the ability we have to understand the minds and intentions of others by interpreting the social cues that they use, such as their emotional expression. We also have researchers interested in perception, attention, memory and language. 

Our research is focused on three levels: 

  1. theoretical understanding of brain processes underpinning human thought and behaviour 
  2. clinical understanding of how neuropsychological disorders affect the lives of people 
  3. discovering new approaches to assessment and remediation of neuropsychological disorders. 

Our people 

Below you’ll find a list of people within our school involved in neuropsychology research. Follow the links for further information including full CVs and current projects. 

Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology Skye McDonald
Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology