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Primary research clusters

Our research is structured around four thematic research clusters that represent our core areas of research excellence, each with a focal research centre and associated labs. The boundaries between them are dynamic and fluid, with several staff members linked to more than one cluster. This structure fosters coherence within research teams, and facilitates collaboration between clusters and with other institutions. The four research clusters are:

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. With targeted appointments, a new genetics group has recently been established within the CBCD.

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 newly established Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling.

Perception, Attention and Emotion

Child, Family and Health Psychology

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

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