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Professor in the Department of PsychologyL73+44 (0) 191 33 40436
Member of the Centre for Vision and Visual Cognition  
Member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit  
Fellow of Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing +44 (0) 191 33 40436

Biography

Research Interests

My research examines the interaction between the motor system, specifically the oculomotor system, and cognitive processes such as attention, working memory and motivation. My goal is to understand how activity in the motor system helps resolve competition between different representations in the visual system. I also try to apply these findings to developing news ways to understand and rehabilitate neuropsycholigcal disorders such as Hemianopia, Neglect and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). I use a variety of techniques, including neuropsychological studies of people with neurological impairments, lab-based studies with healthy participants, eye-tracking and neurostimulation (TMS / TDCS). I am also interested in motivation, in particular the effect of goals on persistence in athletes. You can follow my progress on twitter @AttentionLab.

Research interests

  • Attention & Memory in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Neurorehabilitation of visual field defects
  • Visual attention
  • Oculomotor control
  • Goals and motivation in sport

Research groups

Awarded Grants

  • 2019: Can cognitive tests differentiate Progressive Supranuclear Palsy from Parkinson's disease?(£148494.43 from The Dunhill Medical Trust)
  • 2016: Control of Attention by the Motor System: A Motor Bias Theory of Attention(£342080.00 from ESRC)
  • 2014: Rehabilitation of visual function after brain injury(£105000.00 from AHSN)
  • 2011: How does the eye-movment system mediate the formation, retention and recall of visuospatial working memories?(£76054.84 from ESRC)

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