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UCL receives over £1 million for research on link between the brain and behaviour

5 January 2018

UCL has been awarded £1,050,000 by the Leverhulme Trust to fund a Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) for 15 researchers, including UCL Institute of Education's (IOE) Professor Eirini Flouri.

Brain model

The study will see UCL researchers from the IOE, Social & Historical Sciences, Brain Sciences, the Bartlett, and Engineering work together to explore and understand the link between the brain and behaviour and examine the ecological niche in which the brain has evolved.

A first for UCL

This is the first time UCL has been awarded Doctoral Training funding from the Leverhulme Trust.

Speaking about the project, Professor Gabriella Vigliocco (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) who will be managing the Programme, said:

"The Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) for the Ecological Study of the Brain will train the next generation of scientists in the study of the brain and behaviour in real-world contexts.

"While the need for an ecological approach has long been advocated and acknowledged across disciplines, it is only now that methodological and technological developments make it feasible to conduct studies under naturalistic conditions without forfeiting experimental control."

Academics working on the project include Professor Vigliocco, Professor Flouri (Psychology & Human Development, IOE), Professor Mirco Musolesi (Data Science, Geography, Social & Historical Sciences), Professor Hugo Spiers (Experimental Psychology, Brain Sciences), Professor Andrew Hudson-Smith (CASA, Bartlett), Professor Yvonne Rogers (UCLIC, Brain Sciences and Engineering), Professor Anthony Steed (Computer Science, Engineering), and Professor Nick Tyler (Civil Engineering, Engineering) who will supervise and support the 15 researchers taken on to the project.

Dr Eleanore Hargreaves (Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment) was also awarded a Leverhulme research grant for a project focusing on primary school children at the 'bottom' of the class.

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