Abnormalities in how the brain reorganises prior experiences identified in schizophrenia
1 July 2021
Neuroscientists from the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging have, for the first time, identified abnormalities in the way memories are ‘replayed’ in the brains of people with schizophrenia; researchers say the pathbreaking study provides an entirely new basis for explaining many of the condition’s core symptoms.
Blog: Scanning in 7-Tesla: Two years on
30 June 2021
In late Spring 2019, UCL’s Queen Square became the setting of an elaborate procedure to install an ultra high-field magnetic resonance imaging scanner to the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging. Now, just over two years later, the Centre’s first studies using the state-of-the-art scanner are beginning to reach completion.
Obsessive compulsive symptoms disproportionately affected by the pandemic, study finds
9 June 2021
Researchers from the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging and Max Planck Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research have found that obsessive-compulsive symptoms disproportionately increased during the first wave of the pandemic.
Dr Tim Tierney awarded Epilepsy Research UK & Young Epilepsy Fellowship for bedside brain imaging
1 June 2021
Dr Tim Tierney, a Research Fellow in the Centre’s MEG team has been awarded a prestigious Epilepsy Research UK and Young Epilepsy Fellowship to investigate how wearable brain scanning technology could be improved.
Misophonia: Supersensitive brain connection explains why some people hate the sound of others eating
27 May 2021
A new study has identified abnormal communication between areas of the brain that process sound, and those that represent movement of the face, mouth and throat as the cause of misophonia (a common disorder in which certain sounds such as chewing or breathing trigger a distressing emotional reaction) for the first time.
Blog: Is there a happiness equation? Here’s how we’re trying to find out
26 May 2021
Happiness is different for everyone in ways that scientists don’t yet understand, but smartphone app The Happiness Project is helping to build a better picture of what makes us happy, Robb Rutledge writes in The Conversation.
Decision-making ability in young people is independent of IQ
24 May 2021
Young people have a general decision-making ability, distinct from IQ, which is associated with good social function, and may be linked to poor mental health, finds a new study led by UCL and Karolinska Institutet researchers.
Replaying previous experiences in the brain helps us link past rewards to possible future decisions
21 May 2021
Cells in the brain replay previous events to help predict the outcome of possible future experiences, according to a recent study by researchers at the UCL – Max Planck Centre for Computational Psychiatry, and Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging.
Blog: Dementia Action Week - Q&A with Dr. Jonathan Huntley
20 May 2021
Over 80,000 people in the UK have severe dementia. At UCL, Dr. Jonathan Huntley is pioneering a new study to explore how people with severe dementia experience the world around them, and how awareness changes as dementia progresses. Alongside, he is working on a project to integrate these ideas into a dramatic film script, which will ultimately drive future research into self-awareness in dementia.
Blog: Mental Health Awareness Week - Q&A with Nadine Dijkstra
13 May 2021
For this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the Centre’s Wellbeing Champion, Nadine Dijkstra discusses her feelings towards mental health awareness, how her research in the Metacognition team relates to mental health and illness, and her best tips for looking after your own wellbeing.