International Conference on Working Memory Cambridge, 9th – 11th July 2014 This conference is being held in celebration of the exceptional contributions of Alan Baddeley and Graham Hitch, on the 40th anniversary of the publication of their model of working memory in 1974. The conference will cover the full range of theoretical and empirical approaches to the […]
Tristan Bekinschtein and Nikolaus Kriegeskorte have both recently given book reviews for the Times Higher Education supplement. Tristan reviewed ‘Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist’ by Christof Koch, read his review here and Nikolaus reviewed ‘Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are’ by Sebastian Seung, and you can read his review here.
The CBU is one of the eight UK sites to offer whole-head magnetoencephalography (MEG), and CBU MEG scientists Richard Henson and Yury Shtyrov are part of a nationwide collaborative initiative (led by Professor Krish Singh at Cardiff University) that has recently been awarded £1.3M by the MRC and EPSRC, in order to bring together clinical […]
Four CBU scientists will receive additional funding under a new scheme launched to mark the upcoming MRC Centenary in 2013. Richard Meiser-Stedman, an MRC funded Clinician Scientist Fellow based at the Unit, will use his award to further his work on understanding the nature of PTSD and developing early stage treatments; Michael Ewbank, a CBU […]
A recent BBC Radio 4 programme explored the legacy of psychologist Donald Broadbent, who was Director of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit from 1958-1974. Broadbent propagated his belief that psychology should be applied to practical problems, such as optimising human performance by the design of aircraft cockpits or nuclear reactor control rooms. He […]
Professor John Duncan recently appeared at a Café Scientique evening of informal science, a series hosted by the “Naked Scientists” of the University of Cambridge and sponsored by the MRC. In his lecture and Q&A session John explored human intelligence and the neurons and circuits in the brain that enable us to have the thoughts, […]
Drs. Mark Buckley (University of Oxford), Andrew Bell (CBU, seen left), and Natasha Sigala (Sussex University, Visiting Scientist of the CBU) have been awarded a £1.7M MRC project grant to examine neural activity and interactions within a network of cortical regions responsible for mediating choice behaviour. A key region in this network is frontopolar cortex […]
We often recognise that a person is familiar before we recollect how we know them. In a recent publication in Nature Neuroscience, CBU scientists Bernhard Staresina, Rik Henson and colleagues in Bonn, Germany, combined functional magnetic resonance imaging of healthy volunteers with intrancranial electroencephalographic recordings from patients to reveal the time-courses of familiarity and recollection […]