Ed Wilding

Leader of the Cognitive Electrophysiology Group & member of the Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Psychology

Research interests

My principal interests are in the psychological and neural processes that support long-term memory retrieval. Key questions are focused around how memory control processes operate so as to allow us to recover from memory only the information we require. A dynamic characterization of these control processes is an important precursor to investigating how these control operations change when we get older and following brain damage or degeneration.


My cognitive electrophysiology laboratory is located in the Cardiff University Brain Imaging Centre (CUBRIC). We have two state of the art event-related potential (ERP) recording suites that enable monitoring of neural activity in real-time. I am also involved in research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG). Our choice of technique is guided by the specific science questions we are asking: different techniques are best suited to addressing some kinds of questions rather than others.

Available PhD projects

  1. Individual differences in human memory processes.
  2. Age-related changes in pre-frontal cortical function that influence memory encoding and retrieval
  3. Interactions between attention and memory control processes in cognition
  4. The brain regions supporting memory for time.

Research keywords

Human Memory, Brain Imaging, Neuropsychology, Ageing