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 Andrea Higgins

Andrea Higgins


School of Psychology

+44 (0)29 2087 9003
Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT





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Research topics and related papers

Current project

Currently, I am working on a project investigating the memory and  perception of young, healthy individuals who possess a genetic risk factor for  Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Previous research suggests an overlap between the  brain regions implicated early on in AD and those active during spatial  processing in healthy participants. As individuals with AD also show  impairments on spatial/scene memory, this research investigates whether those individuals  at genetic risk show differential activation in those regions that have been  marked in both spatial memory and early on in AD.

Similarity and conceptual knowledge

Another aspect of my research focuses on what makes things similar. Specifically, I am investigating a new  theory of similarity based on the number of transformations between object representations. Transformations are an important part  of our visual and conceptual experience; objects and scenes transform  continuously as we move about the world, organisms transform in principled  ways, and man-made artefacts deteriorate over time. Our goal is to understand  how transformational relationships, through their real-world prevalence, serve  important cognitive and conceptual functions.


2016: Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellowship (2015)
2013: Wellcome Trust Mobility Award (2013)
2011 - 2015: Postdoctoral positions funded by the Waterloo  Foundation and the Medical Research Council (MRC)

Research group

Kim Graham
Andrew Lawrence
Katja Umla-Runge
Rebecca Cavill
Alison Costigan
Matthew Jones
Martina Stefani
Hannah Chandler

Research collaborators

Cardiff University
Derek Jones
Mark Postans

University of Oxford
Natalie Voets

Ulrike Hahn

DZNE, Magdeburg
Jonathan Shine

University of  Cambridge
Tim Bussey
Lisa Saksida

Bangor University
Paul Downing

Warwick Business  School
Nick Chater

Bristol University
Katarzyna Kordas