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Prof Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
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Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL
17 Queen Square
London
WC1N 3AR
Tel: 020 7679 1131
Fax: 020 7813 2835
Appointment
  • Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

Sarah-Jayne studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University (1993-1996) and then joined the Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD programme in neuroscience at UCL (1996-2000). She was based at the Functional Imaging Lab (FIL) and her PhD was supervised by Prof Chris Frith and Prof Daniel Wolpert, and investigated the self-monitoring of action in healthy individuals and people with schizophrenia. She then took up a Wellcome Trust International Research Fellowship (2001-2003) to work in Lyon, France, with Dr Jean Decety on the perception of causality in the human brain. This was followed by a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship (2004-2007) and then a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2007-2016) at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Sarah-Jayne has been awarded a number of prizes for her research including the George Humphrey Prize for Highest First in Finals, Oxford University, 1996, British Psychological Society Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology, 2001, British Psychological Society Spearman Medal for early career research 2006, The Society for Educational Studies Book Prize 2006 for The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education, Women in Science, Technology and Engineering Heirloom recipient 2011, Distinguished Lecturer in Neuropsychology Award 2011 from the Swedish Neuropsychological Society, The Turin Young Mind & Brain Prize 2013 and The Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award 2013. Sarah-Jayne was one of 40 ‘Young Scientists’ invited to the Annual Meeting of the New Champions, World Economic Forum, China, 2012 and was elected a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader Honouree, 2014.

Sarah-Jayne is actively involved in Public Engagement with Science: she frequently gives public lectures and talks at schools, has worked with the Select Committee for Education, and acted as scientific consultant on the BBC series The Human Mind in 2003. She gave a TED talk at TEDGlobal, Edinburgh, 2012, which has had over one million views. She was one of 80 young people featured in The Observer, 2004, one of '40 under 40' academics highlighted in UCL magazine, 2006, named in The Sunday Times 100 Makers of the 21st Century list, 2014, one of 30 under 45 in The Times Young Female Power List, 2014, and one of 10 young academics highlighted by the Times Higher Education Supplement, 2008. 

Sarah-Jayne has an interest in the links between neuroscience and education. She co-authored a book with Prof Uta Frith called The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education. She sits on the Royal Society BrainWaves working group for neuroscience, education and lifelong learning and the Royal Society Vision Committee for Maths and Science Education.

Sarah-Jayne is Deputy Director of the Wellcome Trust Four Year PhD Programme in Neuroscience at UCL. She is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.


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Research Summary

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. She is Leader of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Her group's research focuses on the development of social cognition and decision making during human adolescence, and involves a variety of behavioural (psychophysics, eye-tracking, motion capture) and neuroimaging (MRI, fMRI and MEG) methods. We are based at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17 Queen Square, London, UK.


https://sites.google.com/site/blakemorelab/

Teaching Summary


Undergraduate teaching:
The Brain in Action 3rd Year module

MSc teaching:
MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience
MSc in Developmental Neuropsychology, ICH
MSc in Research Methods

Doctoral training teaching:
Educational Psychology Doctorate

Graduate course convening:
Deputy director of the Wellcome 4-year PhD in neuroscience at UCL

Academic Background
2000 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Cognitive Psychology University College London
1996 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Experimental Psychology University of Oxford
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