The mechanisms of selective attention are crucial to virtually all aspects of everyday behaviour and cognition. QBI’s cognitive and behavioural scientists are looking at a range of important questions, such as how does the brain filter sensory stimuli so only behaviourally relevant inputs are selected for further processing? Or, what are the consequences of such selective processing for conscious perception and action?

In addition, QBI scientists are investigating neurodevelopmental theories which suggest that genetic and non-genetic factors might disrupt early brain development and contribute to the risk of developing schizophrenia. This condition is thought to be a developmental disorder with a characteristic onset in late adolescence or early adulthood.