Human cognitive neuroscience

Our core interests are in memory, attention, executive function, visual cognition, and perceptuo-motor control

The HCN research group in Edinburgh has core interests in memory, attention, executive function, visual cognition, and perceptuo-motor control in both normally functioning adults and patients with a variety of neurological disorders. The group uses a variety of methodological tools including traditional behavioural measures, neuroimaging, eyetracking, motion tracking, computational modelling, and clinical assessment.

Labs and facilities at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

HCN researchers are currently supported by funding from: Alzheimer's Society, Alzheimer Research Trust, British Academy, Chief Scientist Office-Scottish Executive, Economic and Social Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Council, European Commission, European Research Council, Royal Society, Wellcome Trust and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.


Staff working in this area include:

  Research interests
Professor Sharon Abrahams Clinical/experimental neuropsychology and neuroimaging, neurodegenerative diseases in particular MND/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, frontotemporal dementia.
Dr Thomas Bak Bilingualism and cognitive functions in healthy and unhealthy ageing, neurodegenerative diseases, relations between language, cognition, motor function, and culture. 

Dr David Carmel

Consciousness and perceptual awareness, visual awareness and attention, emotion, working memory, top-down influences on perceptual processing, foundations of cognitive science, in particular the scientific study of consciousness.
Dr Nicolas Chevalier Executive function development, cognitive development, developmental cognitive neuroscience.
Professor Sergio Della Sala Cognitive neuropsychology, specifically amnesia, visuo-spatial and representational neglect, apraxia and Alzheimer's Disease.
Dr Leonidas Doumas Analogy, relational reasoning, mental representation, cognitive development, computational modelling, neural networks.
Dr Elena Gherri Action-perception links, spatial attention within and across sensory modalities, conflict and cognitive control.
Professor Robert Logie Human memory in the healthy brain across the lifespan, focused on experimental behavioural studies of working memory.
Dr Sarah E. MacPherson Frontal lobe functions such as memory, executive abilities and social cognition in healthy ageing and damaged brains.
Dr Rob McIntosh Neural control of visual perception and visually-guided action in humans.
Dr Adam Moore Judgement and decision making, particularly moral and economic decisions, the roles of working memory, intelligence, self-control, and empathy in decision making about the self and others.
Dr Alexa Morcom Cognitive neuroscience of memory and ageing.
Dr Candice Morey Working memory, attention, and their development across the lifespan.
Dr Antje Nuthmann Perceptual, oculomotor and attentional control in scene perception and reading, computational and statistical modelling.


To learn more about opportunities for doctoral study at Edinburgh, feel free to contact any of the staff listed above.

Human Cognitive Neuroscience research group 

For further information, contact the Programme Secretary, Katie Keltie.

Katie Keltie

To discuss academic matters, contact the Programme Director, Alex Weiss.

Alex Weiss

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