The Clinical Neuroscience of Schizophrenia (CNS) Laboratory focuses on elucidating the biological bases of dysfunction in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. We conduct both basic cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuroscience studies.
(1) structural and functional MRI
(2) behavioural genetics (i.e., family studies)
(3) cognitive and affective experimental psychology
(4) clinical assessment
The main aim of our research is to advance scientific knowledge in the causes, course and outcome, and treatment of psychosis. Our laboratory also studies other disorders that present with cognitive deficits, including mood disorders and addictive disorders. A secondary aim is to better understand basic cognitive and affective processes in the healthy population.
We are working on a variety of projects aimed at developing novel cognitive and affective experimental tasks that tap into different neural circuits in healthy and psychiatric populations. We also strive to gain understanding of abnormalities in behaviour, brain functioning, and structure in severe psychopathology.