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Prof Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
Department of Psychology
University of Cambridge
Prof Sarah-Jayne Blakemore profile picture
  • Honorary Professor
  • Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Professor Blakemore studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University (1993-1996) and then did her PhD (1996-2000) at the UCL Functional Imaging Lab under the supervision of Professors Chris Frith and Daniel Wolpert, investigating the self-monitoring in schizophrenia. She then took up a Wellcome Trust International Research Fellowship (2001-2003) to work in Lyon, France, in the area of social neuroscience. This was followed by a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship (2004-2007) and a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2007-2016) at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. 

Professor Blakemore has been awarded a number of prizes for her research including the George Humphrey Prize for the 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 prize 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. Professor Blakemore was elected a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, 2014. She was awarded the Klaus J Jacobs Prize 2015 and the British Psychological Society Presidents' Award 2018 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2018 and a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science USA in 2020.

Professor Blakemore 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 gave a TED talk at TEDGlobal, Edinburgh, 2012. She sat on the Royal Society BrainWaves working group for neuroscience, education and lifelong learning and the Royal Society Vision Committee for Maths and Science Education. In 2015, she was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 programme The Life Scientific. She worked with the Islington Community Theatre on their play, Brainstorm, written and performed by teenagers, which had two runs at the National Theatre in London, to national acclaim.  Her first book, 'The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education,' was co-authored with Professor Uta Frith and published by Blackwell in 2005, and her second book, 'Inventing Ourselves: the secret life of the teenage brain,' was published by Doubleday in March 2018 and was awarded the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2018 and the BPS Book Prize 2020.

Professor Blakemore is Chair of the Royal Society of Biology Education and Science Policy Committee.

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Research Summary

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore FBA is Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Cambridge and Honorary Professor at UCL. She is leader of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group. Her group's research focuses on the development of social cognition, peer influence and decision making in the adolescent brain, and adolescent mental health.

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

Teaching Summary

01-OCT-2019 Chair in Psychology   University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
2018 Fellow of the British Academy   The British Academy, United Kingdom
2009 Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience UCL, United Kingdom
2007 – 2016 Royal Society University Research Fellow Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience UCL, United Kingdom
2003 – 2007 Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2000   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1996   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Oxford
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