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Appointment
  • Professor of Human Brain Research
  • Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Div of Psychology & Language Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
 
 
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Research Themes
Research Summary

The research group I lead is called Applied Cognitive Neuroscience (ACN). The goal is to use neuroscience to improve high performance in sport, high pressure decision making and advancing human brain stimulation in cognition and health. I am particularly interested in sleep, plasticity and extending classical findings to older people. Traditional strengths of my group's work has been investigations of the functions of the parietal lobe, the frontal eye fields and their interactions with primary and secondary visual areas. The techniques my group uses include transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and DC stimulation in which I have particular expertise. I run the ICN TMS facility and I also organise the annual TMS Summer School with The Magstim Company. Eye movements are increasingly important in my approach to understanding vision and we have the facility to record these in freely moving subjects and in subjects undergoing brain stimulation. A recent development in my work is the use of natural images and real 3-D environments. It is my belief that to understand how we learn to see and act in the world we need to design experiments in which the stimuli at least approximate if not mimic a natural environment.

More information and up to date activities can be found at appliedcognitiveneuroscience.com

Teaching Summary
My main teaching commitment is to the UCL BASc course. This is the UK's best undergraduate degree course. Not one of the best, the best. 20% of my time is given to this course and I mentor 23 students with a contact time of over 100 hours p.a.

For information about the BASc course go to: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/basc
Also see my videos page at appliedcognitiveneuroscience.com

I also teach on the MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience.

I run the compulsory Special Methods seminars for all new PALS PhD students.


Academic Background
1992 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
1988 BA Bachelor of Arts University of Sheffield
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