I am a cognitive neuroscientist interested in memory and how this is mediated by the brain. My work has primarily involved studying patients who have suffered brain lesions that have affected their memory. Identifying which aspects of memory are lost following damage to specific brain structures helps us to understand what contributions these structures normally make to human memory. A number of these studies have focused on the effect of selective lesions to the hippocampus.
I have also been involved in research studying forgetting associated with unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy over short and long time periods and how this related to structural changes to the hippocampus and seizure activity.
In other research I have used fMRI to investigate which brain regions are involved when information has to be associated in memory (e.g. having to remember that a particular voice is associated with a particular face) and to investigate whether the human perirhinal cortex is involved in integrating visual and tactile information about objects.
I have held post-doctoral research positions at St Andrews, Durham and Sheffield Universities, was a lecturer at Liverpool University until December 2005 and an Associate Lecturer (Biological Psychology) for the Open University during 2010 and 2011. Having taken a career break for a number of years to raise my family, I am now exploring possible opportunities to return to research.
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