Paul is a behavioral neuroscientist interested in the brain areas necessary for memory and spatial cognition. His book, Why People Get Lost, provides an overview of what is known about how people and animals navigate, and what brain regions are critical for this ability.
Paul studied at The Ohio State University, and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Dartmouth College and Boston University. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
Ph.D. opportunities: I am happy to supervise Ph.D. studies in the neuroscience of spatial cognition.
D.G. Marquis Behavioral Neuroscience Award 2020
"This award is given each year to recognize the best paper published in Behavioral Neuroscience. Your article "Lesions of the head direction cell system impair direction discrimination" was selected as this year's winner by the editor and consulting editors. "
(The award is to be given at the 2020 American Psychological Association meeting.)
Dementia Design and Neuroscience Workshop organiser
University of Stirling
I organised a workshop that brought together basic neuroscientists and those working to improve designs for individuals with dementia.
The goal was to bridge the divide between basic neuroscience studies on how the brain represents space with applied research and work focussing on the challenges physical spaces present to those with dementia. The outcome was a cross-fostering of insights based on both basic and applied approaches to the use of space.
Internation Navigation Symposium invited speaker
Invited talk: Place cell repetition, spatial learning and the head direction cell systme
John Damien Lecture host - Nobel Prize Winner John O'Keefe
University of Stirling
I invited John O'Keefe, the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine winner to the University of Stirling to deliver the annual John Damien Public Lecture. I hosted his visit, introduced him, and hosted his dinner with staff afterwards.
Royal Institute of Navigation International Conference Keynote Address
Keynote address: Why people get lost: the limits of the brain's map and compass
UK-Korea Neuroscience Symposium - invited speaker
Invited talk: Why we get lost: the limitation of the brain's representation of location and direction