Research

There are three streams of research in this lab: Addiction, ADHD, and Methods. Addiction investigates the changes in brain, and behaviour due to smoking, alcohol, and cannabis use. ADHD examines the neurocognitive profile, genetics, and anxiety of the disorder. Methods focus on computational modelling, and machine learning in terms of EEG and MRI.

Ongoing Projects

2015-Ongoing

Alcohol

Binge-drinking has deleterious effects on behaviour and brain, increases impulsivity and risky decision-making, and disrupts attentional abilities. We are interested in further understanding the effects of different patterns alcohol use, compared to non-use. Specifically, we aim to identify brain and behavioral processes associated with specific drinking patterns (phenotypes).

Read more on our addiction projects
2014-Ongoing

ADHD

We study the neuropsychological, psychological and familial characteristics of ADHD to understand the disorder better in adolescents and adults. Our aim is to compare the cognitive and sensory characteristics of adults with ADHD relative to their non-ADHD siblings. We also want to investigate the impact of anxiety on ADHD, and explore how it interacts with the ADHD symptoms like inattention and impulsivity.

Read more about our ADHD project.
2014-Ongoing

Nicotine addicion

We are interested in understanding why some people are able to successfully cease nicotine use. In particular, we want to know 1) what brain changes occur in response to the state of abstinence and 2) if certain people are more responsive to certain types of intervention.

Read more about our addiction research
2014-Ongoing

Cannabis addiction

Cannabis use has been connected to impairment to memory and inhibition, as well as an increase in impulsive behaviours. We are looking at the difference between cannabis users and non-users in order to identify behavioural patterns that may be associated with the drug’s use, and thus identify individuals that may be at risk of cannabis dependence or cannabis abuse.

Read more about our addiction research.

Funding Institutions

This is the list of our current funders.

Many thanks to our funders for sponsoring our research.

If you would like to fund our research, please contact Dr. Rob Whelan at robert.whelan@tcd.ie

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