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Edwin Dalmaijer
Research staff
01223 769447

My main research interests are kittens and cookies, but nobody was offering positions in those. Instead, I now work in cognitive neuroscience, with a particular interest in attention and short-term memory.

At the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, I work with Duncan Astle to investigate resilience in children. Specifically, our team is trying to figure out what cognitive, character, and brain factors make some children flourish despite adversity. We collect data using iPad tests and neuroimaging (MEG and MRI), and leverage ‘Big Data’ and machine learning in an attempt to make sense of it.

In addition to my research, I have a keen interest in Open Science, and in teaching researchers how to do programming. Two highlights include PyGaze (an open-source Python library for creating experiments), and my book Python for Experimental Psychologists.


CBSU publications
UH, S., DALMAIJER, E. S., SIUGZDAITE, R., Ford, T.J., ASTLE, D.E. (In Press) Two pathways to self-harm in adolescence, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry [Open Access]

DALMAIJER, E. S., Lee, A., Leiter, R., Brown, Z. & Armstrong, T. (In Press) Forever Yuck: Oculomotor Avoidance of Disgusting Stimuli Resists Habituation, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General [Read More]

ANWYL-IRVINE, A., DALMAIJER, E. S., Quinn, A., Johnson, A. and ASTLE, D.E. (2021) Subjective SES is associated with children’s neurophysiological response to auditory oddballs, Cerebral Cortex Communications, 2(1), tgaa092 [Open Access]

BIGNARDI, G., DALMAIJER, E. S., ANWYL-IRVINE, A., SMITH, T., SIUGZDAITE, R., UH, S., ASTLE, D. (2021) Longitudinal increases in childhood depression symptoms during the COVID-19 lockdown, Archives of Diseases in Childhood, 106(8), 791-797 [Open Access]

NORD, C.L., DALMAIJER, E. , Armstrong, T., BAKER, K., DALGLEISH, T. (2020) A causal role for gastric rhythm in human disgust avoidance, Current Biology, 31(3), 629-634.e3 [Open Access]

ANWYL-IRVINE, A., DALMAIJER, E. S., Hodges, N., Evershed, J.K. (2020) Realistic precision & accuracy of online experiment platforms, web-browsers, and devices, Behaviour Research Methods (2020) [Open Access]

BIGNARDI, G., DALMAIJER, E. S., ANWYL-IRVINE, A., and ASTLE, D.E. (2020) Collecting Big Data with Small Screens: Group-Tests of Children’s Cognition with Touchscreen Tablets are Reliable and Valid, Behaviour Research Methods, 2 Dec 2020 [Open Access]

DALMAIJER, E. S., Benjamins, J.S., Ten Brink, A.F., Nijboer, C.W., & Van de Stigchel, S. (2019) Multi-target search organisation across the lifespan: Cancellation task performance in a large and demographically stratified sample of healthy adults, Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 26(5), 731-748 [Read More]

Van Uijen, S.L., DALMAIJER, E. S., Van Hout, M.A., & Engelhard, I.M. (2018) Do safety behaviors preserve threat expectancy?, Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 9(4) 1-14 [Read More]

Muhammed, K., DALMAIJER, E. S., Manohar, S., & Hussain, M. (2018) Voluntary modulation of saccadic peak velocity associated with individual differences in motivation, Cortex, 122:198-212 [Open Access]

DALMAIJER, E. S., Li, K.M.S., Gorgoraptis, N., Leff, A.P., Cohen, D.L., Parton, A., Husain, M., & Malhotra, P.A. (2018) A randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study of single-dose guanfacine in unilateral neglect following stroke, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 89(6), 593-598 [Open Access]

DALMAIJER, E. S (2018) Beyond the vestibulo-ocular reflex: Vestibular input is processed centrally to achieve visual stability, Vision, 2(2), 16 [Open Access]