Human cognitive neuroscience

With core interests in memory, attention, executive function, social cognition, sensory integration, and perceptuo-motor control

Human Cognitive Neuroscience (HCN) is comprised of academic staff, research fellows and students with core interests in memory, attention, executive function, social cognition, sensory integration, and perceptuo-motor control in both normally functioning adults and people with a variety of neurological disorders and conditions.

We use a range of methodological tools including traditional behavioural measures, neuroimaging techniques such as fMRI and ERP, eyetracking, motion tracking, computational modelling, and clinical assessment.


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


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.
Dr Zachary Horne Belief formation, attitude change, computational modeling, analogy, scientific explanation, argument generation.
Professor Sarah E. MacPherson Frontal lobe functions such as memory, executive abilities and social cognition in healthy ageing and damaged brains.
Dr Jasna Martinovic Colour perception and cognition, attentional selection of colour, perceptual organisation, machine learning from EEG signals.
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 Hilary Richardson Theory of mind; cognitive development; development of functionally specialized brain regions; role of experience in cognitive & brain development.
Dr Edward Silson Functional organisation of human visual cortex and the interplay between visual and memory systems.

Postgraduate study

Meetings and events

The Human Cognitive Neuroscience (HCN) seminars bring together an exciting line-up of speakers including PhD students, staff members, and visiting researchers. New MSc and PhD students welcome!

Human cognitive neuroscience seminars