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Research at St Andrews

Philip Winn


Philip Winn
Postal address:
School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Westburn Lane
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 46

Research overview

Phil and his research team explore brain–behaviour relationships with particular interest in structures deep in brain. Over several years they have developed the general hypothesis that relatively high order processes are represented much lower in the brain than generally supposed. This idea of "higher" functions in "lower" structures is consistent with the notion of distributed processing and representation; with the concept of layered neural architectures; and with evolutionary approaches to brain functioning. Careful examination of behaviour is important because many brain disorders are described in terms of altered behaviour – changes in the quality of movement or changed patterns of action are often the first signs of neural dysfunction. Phil’s lab looks at how action-outcome associations are formed – that is, how we learn about relationships between our actions and the consequences of those actions. This is part of a programme of research into brain–behaviour relationships that contributes to our understanding of addiction, Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia, all of which show problems with the selection and execution of actions in one way or another.

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