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Cognitive Neuroscience

We are interested in the underlying brain mechanisms in a range of cognitive and perceptual processes.

We have a purpose-built human electrophysiology research centre -The Psychological Imaging Laboratory - which hosts twin 64-channel EEG recording chambers for use in Event-Related Potential (ERP) research. The laboratory is part of SINAPSE (a Scottish Funding Council Pooling Initiative in Brain Imaging). The Division also has a Vision Lab with stereoscopic viewing systems and a Perception Suite.

Academic Staff

David Donaldson is interested in understanding how cognitive abilities such as memory and language work, examining both their functional and neural basis

Paul Dudchenko is interested in how animals form, maintain, and modify their 'cognitive maps', focusing on how individual neurons code information in the brain.

Elena Gheorghiu is interest is in human visual perception and the way that our brain processes visual information. Visual processing is a hierarchical process of feature extraction and combination, with features increasing in complexity as one progresses along the visual pathway from retina to primary visual cortex and then to intermediate and higher visual areas.

Ross Goutcher is interested in understanding how the brain represents information about structure in depth, and how the brain accounts for uncertainty when making perceptual decisions.  

Magdalena Ietswaart is interested in the area of neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience and investigates perception and action. The research investigates how action is represented in the brain and how this knowledge can be applied clinically

Jan Kuipers is interested in speech perception and the development of a mental lexicon in mono- and bilingual infants and toddlers using Event Related Potentials (ERP) and eye-tracking techniques.

Yee Lee Shing is interested in how human cognition develops across the lifespan, making use of both neuroimaging and multivariate developmental methodology. In her research on episodic memory (i.e. memory situated in time and place), Dr Shing examines how the associative and strategic components interact and regulate memory changes across different life periods.

Roger Watt does research into computational explanations of human visual perception, principally centred on the concept of an image description language as a common stage for all visual tasks. This work is complemented by psychophysical studies of spatial and temporal aspects of human vision. Although rooted in fundamental issues of visual representation and space, this work has been applied to a number of visual tasks, including more high level ones like reading pages of text and face perception. For demonstrations of Rogers' work click here.

Lindsay Wilson is interested in brain abnormality in patients with head injury, and identifying corresponding psychological changes.


Benjamin DeringBruce HarlandGraham MacKenzie

Honorary Staff

Alex Houston is interested in neuroimaging, especially nuclear medicine imaging (SPECT, PET), and the use of normal brain atlases in diagnosis.
is interested in theoretical accounts of the computational abilities of the cortex, particularly the cognitive disorganisation associated with schizophrenia.

Helen Ross is interested in the Moon Illusion and other outdoor perceptual illusions:

Postgraduate Students

Hannah Blair, Jennifer Lines, Roman Goj, Jamie Murray, Joanne Park, Johanna Simpson

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