Dr Carl Hodgetts

Dr Carl Hodgetts

Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellow

School of Psychology

I am interested in how distinct, distributed brain networks shape our autobiographical memories, our visual experience and our imagination. By using a variety of different methods, I can study how brain connections (using diffusion MRI) influence not only activity during particular tasks (functional MRI), but also behaviour. My ultimate goal is to understand how these brain circuits are affected in ageing, dementia, and neurological disease.

Undergraduate education

I was awarded my undergraduate degree (BSc Psychology, 2.1) from Cardiff University in 2006. During this period, I worked as a research assistant with Professor Ulrike Hahn where I programmed and developed cognitive tasks.

Postgraduate education

Following on from my undergraduate experience, I was awarded a joint School of Psychology/EU funded studentship to undertake a PhD in Cognitive Science at Cardiff University. During this time, I worked with Ulrike Hahn and Nick Chater, exploring the relationship between similarity, categorisation and object representation (Hodgetts, Hahn & Chater, 2009; Hodgetts & Hahn, 2012).

Employment

2016: Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellow (Cardiff University; University of Oxford)
2014 - 2015: Honorary Postdoctoral Research Associate (University of Oxford; MRC, Wellcome Trust)
2011 - 2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Cardiff University; MRC, Waterloo Foundation)

Honours and awards

Awards/External  Committees

2015 - Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellowship
2013 - Wellcome Trust ISSF Mobility Award
2006 - Cardiff University PhD studentship

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.

Funding

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

Mark Postans

Research collaborators

Cardiff University
Derek Jones
Mark Postans

University of Oxford
Natalie Voets

Birkbeck
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