Fred is Director of the NeuroBehavioural Systems Lab (with co-directors Dr Simon Dymond & Dr Nick Davis). He is interested in how the brain controls simple decision-making in health and in disease. Lab members like Adelaide Austin are looking at how emotion processing affects brain states in gambling addiction and long-term abstinent alcoholics.

For more information, click Fred’s ResearchGate or his GoogleScholar pages.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Brain imaging
  • GABA MR spectroscopy
  • transcranial DC stimulation
  • Intellectual Property
  • self-control
  • personnality


  1. Elsawy, S., Boy, F., Kotb, H., Khedr, E., Chong, S., Cregg, R., Boy, F. High Definition transcranial Direct Current (HD-tDCS) stimulation over the primary motor and insular cortex reduces capsaicin-induced pain and hyperalgesia: a placebo-controlled study British Journal of Anaesthesia 120 5 e9
  2. Sumner, P., Vivian-Griffiths, S., Boivin, J., Williams, A., Venetis, C., Davies, A., Ogden, J., Whelan, L., Hughes, B., Dalton, B., Boy, F., Chambers, C., Boy, F. The association between exaggeration in health related science news and academic press releases: retrospective observational study BMJ 349 dec09 7 g7015 g7015
  3. Boy, F., Sumner, P. Visibility predicts priming within but not between people: A cautionary tale for studies of cognitive individual differences. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 143 3 1011 1025
  4. Newstead, S., Young, H., Benton, D., Jiga-Boy, G., Andrade Sienz, M., Clement, R., Boy, F., Boy, F. Acute and repetitive fronto-cerebellar tDCS stimulation improves mood in non-depressed participants Experimental Brain Research 236 1 83 97
  5. Boy, F., Husain, M., Sumner, P., Boy, F. Unconscious inhibition separates two forms of cognitive control Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107 24 11134 11139

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