Research Centres and Laboratories
The Center for Applied Neuroscience (CAN) was established in 2010 and it is the only Center of its kind in Cyprus. This major infrastructure project is funded through the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (on the basis of European and National funding) and co-funded by the University of Cyprus.
The aim of the CAN is to study human normal and abnormal behavior and mental processes with procedures, methods, and theoretical approaches that are informed by contemporary neuroscience and biological perspectives of behavior. CAN's purpose is to develop a cutting-edge research agenda in the applied neuroscience and neurobehavioral research in Cyprus and internationally.
The CAN's mission in terms of community service focuses on providing resources and opportunities that foster critical and creative thinking through research, education, training, consulting, and program development for schools, hospitals, and other organizations in Cyprus.
CAN has developed partnerships with people both in Cyprus and abroad, specializing in the fields of Psychology, Electrical Engineering, Information Systems and Statistics, and with organizations who can offer in specialist areas, such as the Institute of Neurology and Genetics and the American Heart Institute.
CAN's research interests focus on people with neurological disorders, learning or developmental disorders, emotional reactions of children (such as aggressive behavior, social isolation, functional social behavior), and with evaluation of behavior and psychopathology in children.
For more information visit the CAN's website http://can.ucy.ac.cy/
The Neurocognitive Research Lab, directed by Fofi Constantinidou is housed in the Department of Psychology at the new wing of the central campus. The lab is part of a newly designed laboratory suite that houses the Neuro Cognitive Research Laboratory, the Epxerimental Psychology Laboratory, the Psychophysiology Laboratory, and the Social Psychology Laboratory. The lab consists of one large room with an oneway observation window and is equipped with current neuropsychological/cognitive tests, research protocols and materials required for the ongoing projects, as well as networked computers. There is an adjacent observation room (shared with the Psychobiology Laboratory) used for data recording and observation.
Currently the following research projects are being conducted in collaboration with local research centers such as the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics and international organizations including Miami University (USA), the Centre for Neuro Skills (USA), and Special Tree Rehabilitation Center (USA):
1. The Effectiveness of a systematic categorization program in patients with traumatic brain injury: Clinical trials.
2. Effects of native language, age, and education on cognitive performance.
3. The effects of neurological disease on memory abilities.
The Experimental Psychology Lab (EPL) is directed by Marios Avraamides and has been established with funding from the European Research Council. The EPL employs several scientists at various points in their careers including postdoctoral scientists, graduate and undergraduate research assistants, and other students interested in conducting research in topics relating to spatial cognition, attention, and perception. The personnel of the EPL conduct their research using a variety of tools including personal computers and Virtual Reality (VR) technology. For more information about the research conducted in the lab as well as its current members you may visit its home on the web at: http://experimentalpsych.com
Welcome to the Social and Developmental Psychology labs. Human beings are social-psychological subjects from birth to death. To the extent that we are interested in the development of individuals, we are interested in how the cognitive and psychosocial development of individuals is affected by social interactions and the historical and sociocultural context of a society. On the other hand, social processes often studied in social psychology like intergroup relations, interpersonal processes, social influence, social representations, attributions, cooperation and competition cannot be taken as given and uniform irrespective of the developmental level of the person.
The Clinical Psychology & Psychophysiology Lab, directed by Georgia Panayiotou and George Spanoudis, is located at the new wing of the central campus. The lab consists of one large room with an oneway observation window and is equipped with the BIOPAC system for psychophysiological recording, as well as networked computers. The lab is also equipped with a high-density EEG/ERP recording system (an unshielded 128-channel BIOSEMI Active-Two) for data acquisition with typical and atypical populations, and the latest software in modeling source generators. Theanalysis software packages used for processing EEG/ERP data are BESA, EEGlab, and Matlab routines; Stimuli are presented to the participants through the Presentation or E-prime software. This equipment is used to study behavioural measures (response times, error rates), and psychophysiological markers (ERPs). Other physiological measures that we use routinely in our research include electrodermal and cardiovascular acivity, facial muscle (EMG) response, and startle reflex. There is an adjacent observation and control room (shared with the Neurocognitive Research Lab) used for data recording and observation. The lab is primarily focused on investigating individual differences that underlie clinical symptoms and behavior, primarily through examination of psychophysiological indicators. Currently, the following research projects are being conducted, with funding by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation: