Brain, Belief and Behaviour
Our lab works at the cutting-edge of mind-body integration by developing innovative models and interventions to modify or enhance neuro-cognitive functions, beliefs and behaviour. This includes the use of contemplative practices, therapeutic substances, behavioural interventions and novel techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation. We combine expertise in psychobiological and neuro-cognitive techniques with health, developmental and social psychological methods and theoretical approaches.
Our work focuses on a range of themes. We are presently conducting research on the neuro-cognitive bases of belief, including the role of beliefs as a stress buffer and how to modify them. In addition, we are preparing original work on the functions of sleep in typical and atypical groups, the psychobiological effects of meditation, and the development of new instruments for the early detection of dementia. We are also working on a critical examination of the literature on the effects of meditation.
Our research has the potential to change people’s ideas and attitudes about a range of topics on body-mind interaction, mental health, and the importance of early screening tools and intervention for physiological and psychological difficulties.