Based at the Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Psychology.
My main research interest is in human long-term memory (our store of episodes from the past and our factual knowledge about the world), and disorders that affect this type of memory (e.g. epilepsy, neurodegeneration and encephalitis). I am particularly interested understanding how different brain structures contribute to long-term memory, and how this key cognitive system is dependent upon linguistic, spatial and perceptual representations.
I use a number of different techniques in my research, including cognitive neuropsychology (patient-based investigations), functional neuroimaging (the measurement of activity in the brain while participants perform cognitive tasks) and structural imaging (measurements of connectivity in the brain).
My aim is to develop a theoretical view of memory that provides a sensible account of brain-behaviour relationships, and use this to understand and predict clinical conditions that result in memory impairment.
Available PhD projects
- Is the distinction between implicit and explicit memory a useful way to conceptualise memory in amnesia?
- How do medial temporal lobe regions support aspects of memory and perception?
- Is spatial processing a useful marker for the early diagnosis and differentiation of dementia?
- How is memory impaired in epilepsy?
- Is it possible to re-learn new semantic information after brain damage, and what rehabilitative strategies are particularly useful?
Human memory, neuropsychology, functional neuroimaging, amnesia, neurodegeneration