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Neuroscience and behaviour

Research Neuroscience and behaviour with The Open University

Our research focuses on the fundamentals of neurobiology and how they relate to disease conditions and behaviour. Key themes of our research include:

  • Atypical cognition, encompassing research in conditions such as dementia and neurodegenerative disorders, as well as the neurobiology of mental health
  • Autism
  • Learning, memory and attention
  • Neurodegeneration, focusing on the genetic, biological and cognitive underpinnings of disorders across the lifespan, including autism, dementia, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and ADHD
  • Neurophysiology and neuropathology
  • Neurovascular biology, focusing on neurovascular architecture and disorders of the neurovascular system.

Qualifications available:

MPhil or PhD


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) or an appropriate first degree and postgraduate qualification

Potential research projects

  • An online study of repetitive activities and circumscribed interests in autism
  • Development and application of a sophisticated 3D model of the CNS blood-brain barrier
  • Neurobiological and behavioural hallmarks of familial Parkinson’s disease

Current/recent research projects

  • Investigating sensory and motor deficits in ADHD
  • Role of vascular tone in clearance of beta amyloid from the brain
  • Cognitive deficits in Huntingdon’s disease
  • Establishing invertebrate models of pathogen avoidance behaviour

Potential supervisors

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Administrative support
+44 (0)1908 655808

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.