Willingness to take PhD students
Ian Mitchell is an international expert on the neurobiology of the basal ganglia in relation to disorders of movement and neuropsychiatric conditions. He is investigating the neurobiological basis of some forms of offending behaviour. His research interests are focused on how social behaviour is controlled by discrete brain circuits involving the basal ganglia, prefrontal cortex and limbic system. Ongoing projects include:
Social cognition in patients with Tourette’s and Parkinson’s
Use of deep brain stimulation to treat basal ganglia disorders
Social phobia and fear of contamination in sex offenders
Oxytocin function in both sex offenders and psychopaths
The influence of alcohol consumption on judgements of disgust and contamination
Dr Mitchell currently supervises doctoral research on personality factors which drive sexual offending and factors affecting prefrontal dysfunction in relation to offending.