Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory
The Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL) conducts research in the broad area of cognitive and affective neuroscience.
We examine the neural basis of human perception, memory, cognition and emotion in healthy individuals, development, ageing and clinical conditions, including schizophrenia and stroke.
We are also involved in new trends of applied and translational research, applying our expertise to a variety of other fields such as marketing, economy and design (Applied Neuroscience), and adaptive functional development in childhood, ageing and clinical groups (Translational Neuroscience).
FNL extends over our Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses that feature state-of-the-art electrophysiological testing facilities including five fully operational EEG labs and a high resolution eye-tracking system.
Our labs also house clinical and neuropsychological test facilities, multiple workstations for EEG processing and MRI analysis, and research space for doctoral students.
FNL researchers are affiliated with the Priority Research Centre in Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (PRC-TNMH).
Our researchers have access to MRI scanning facilities at both the Calvary Mater Hospital and at the John Hunter Hospital.
Funding has been received from the Faculty and PRC-TNMH plus Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) scholarships and strong RIBG/CAPEX support.
Our staff run research in a range of areas related to cognitive and affective neuroscience, including:
- Affective and Cognitive Neuroscience (Led by Professor Peter Walla)
- Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (Led by A/Prof Frini Karayanidis)
- Cognitive Neuroscience of Schizophrenia (Collaborators Emeritus Prof Pat Michie, Dr Juanita Todd, Prof Ulrich Schall, Prof Deborah Hodgson and Dr Lauren Harms)
- Cognitive Neuroscience (Led by A/Prof Frances Martin)
- Mismatch Negativity – Translating the potential (Led by Dr Juanita Todd)
- Family Interaction and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Led by Dr Linda Campbell)