About our research

Our Dementia Research Group is composed of staff and PhD students actively engaged in a wide range of research; investigating subjective cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment, and various aetiologies of dementia.  We employ a wide range of techniques and methodologies in our qualitative (focus-group based studies) and quantitative research; including psychophysics, EEG, eye tracking, neuroimaging, brain stimulation, and mobile device technology.

Dr Claire Hanley

Dr Claire Hanley

Director: Database Management & Research Recruitment

(BSc, MRes, PhD, FHEA)

  • healthy ageing
  • brain stimulation
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • inhibition and cognitive control
  • neuroimaging

 

Dementia Research Group

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Dr Kyle Jones

Dr Kyle Jones

Co-Director: Communications & Public Engagement

(BSc, MSc, PhD)

  • cognitive psychology
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • psycholinguistics
  • healthy ageing
  • dementia

Hanna Thomas

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Co-Director: Communications & Public Engagement

(BSc, MSc)

  • cognitive assessment
  • language
  • bilingualism
  • healthy ageing
  • dementia

Prof. Andrea Tales

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Founding Director (BSc, MSc, PhD, FBPsS, DCR(T))

  • ageing and dementia
  • vision and attention
  • information processing speed
  • evidence-based health care

Dr Jeremy Tree

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Founding Director (PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FHEA)

  • cognitive neuropsychology of language (aphasia)
  • face processing impairments (prosopagnosia)
  • reading impairments (dyslexia)
  • focal neurodegenerative disease (semantic dementia)

Research Staff

Dr Hana Burianová (BSc, MA, PhD)
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Areas of Expertise

  • cognitive neuroscience
  • memory
  • language
  • brain plasticity
  • functional and structural MRI
Dr Cris Izura (BSc, MRes, PhD)
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Areas of Expertise

  • cognition of language
  • bilingualism and ageing
  • language disorders
Dr David Playfoot (BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA)
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Areas of Expertise

  • reading aloud
  • word recognition
  • memory
  • healthy ageing
  • dementia

Research Students

James Heard (BSc, MSc)
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Areas of Expertise

  • healthy ageing
  • attention
  • EEG
  • eye tracking
  • cognitive neuroscience

 

Jeyda Hunt (BSc, MSc)
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Areas of Expertise

  • health anxiety
  • memory
  • cognitive decline
  • healthy ageing
  • dementia
Chithra Kannan (BSc, MSc)
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Areas of Expertise

  • face processing
  • personality
  • autism
  • alexithymia
  • prosopagnosia
Dr Emma Richards (BSc, MSc, PGCE, PhD)
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Areas of Expertise

  • brain ageing
  • vascular cognitive impairment
  • vascular dementia
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • visual attention
Leanne Richards (BSc, MSc)
Face of student Leanne Richards

Areas of Expertise

  • memory
  • dementia
  • brain stimulation
  • auditory processing
  • dual task performance