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:

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Research interests
Professor Sharon Abrahams Clinical/experimental neuropsychology and neuroimaging, neurodegenerative diseases in particular MND/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, frontotemporal dementia.
Dr Thomas Bak Bilingualism, language learning and cognitive functions in healthy ageing, stroke and dementia; neurodegenerative diseases; the interaction between language, cognition, motor functions, and culture.
Dr Neil Bramley Causal cognition, active learning, hypothesis generation, control, judgment and decision making, resource rationality, game theory, optimal teaching, iterated learning, rational analysis, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science.
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 Paul Hoffman Behavioural and neuroimaging studies of semantic knowledge and its role in language. Effects of healthy ageing, stroke and dementia on semantic memory.
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.
Professor 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 Edward Silson Functional organisation of human visual cortex and the interplay between visual and memory systems.

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, Rene Mottus.

Rene Mottus

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