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Research clusters

Our research is structured around four thematic research clusters, each with a focal research centre and associated labs. Our staff are linked to more than one cluster, and the boundaries between clusters are dynamic and fluid. We find this promotes coherence within research teams and facilitates collaboration between our clusters and with other institutions.

Cutting across these four clusters, the Birkbeck/UCL Centre for Neuroimaging (BUCNI) houses our research fMRI scanner.

Brain and Cognitive Development

This cluster is organised around the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (CBCD), which was established at Birkbeck in 1998, and is a world-leading centre for developmental cognitive neuroscience. Research is conducted in the Babylab and associated labs. 

Our Genes, Environment and Lifespan Lab aims to identify the genetic and environmental causes that play a part in making people different.

Cognitive Modelling

Research in this cluster builds on our continuing excellence in computational modelling, which has recently been strengthened by a targeted senior-level appointment. This group is organised around the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling.

Perception, Attention and Emotion

Research in this cluster is focused on cognitive and affective neuroscience and sensorimotor control. The group includes researchers from the Mace Experimental Research Laboratories in Neuroscience and the Brain and Behaviour Lab. It has been strengthened by major infrastructure investments and the appointment of four new early-career staff.

Child, Family and Health Psychology

This cluster has been brought together in the Research Centre Psychology, Health, Lived Experience, Children, Community (PHLECC) which employs quantitative and qualitative methods to examine health and development in individuals and families. It includes: