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My primary interest concerns how the brain "remembers" things. Specifically, I use the techniques of fMRI and EEG/MEG to examine brain activity as healthy volunteers try to remember things in the laboratory, and relate these findings, via computational modelling, to the memory problems following damage in those brain regions. I am interested in the neural bases of both explicit (conscious) memory and implicit (unconscious) memory, particularly the relationship between recollection, familiarity, and priming, and the relationship between memory and (visual) perception. A deeper knowledge of these different expressions of memory is important for understanding the ubiquitous memory impairments associated with neurological damage, neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, and normal ageing.

I am an MRC Programme Leader, University of Cambridge Professor, and Deputy Director of the MRC CBU. I am also current President of the British Neuroscience Association.

You can contact me by:
Tel: +44 (0)1223 355 294
Fax: +44 (0)1223 359 062
Email: rik.henson AT
MRC CBU, 15 Chaucer Road, Cambridge, CB2 7EF, UK.


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Current Post-Docs (people who know better than me):

Andrea Greve: Schema and prediction error in memory (MRC).

Petar Raykov: Memory for naturalistic dynamic stimuli (MRC).

Kshipra Gurunandan: Schema in verbal memory (Basque Government Department of Education).

Tina Emery: CBU Cohort Manager (MRC).

Adam Attaheri: CBU Cohort Data Manager (MRC).

Marta Correia: CBU MR physicist (MRC).

Scott Lee: Predictive coding models of priming (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan).

Dingrong Guo: Spatial schema (Peking University, Beijing, China).


Current Docs (people beginning to realise they know better than me):

Levan Bokeria (PhD): Spatial and nonspatial schemas (Gates).

Kevin Campion (PhD): The role of schema and expectancy in episodic memory (MRC, supervised with Aya Ben-Yakov).

Maya Raza (PhD): Effects of novelty and effort on memory (MRC).

Fatih Serin (PhD): Effects of theta synchrony on memory (ESRC DTP).

Juliette Lanskey (PhD): Neurophysiological modelling of MEG responses in dementia (MRC, supervised with James Rowe).

Deborah Oakley (PhD): Effects of physical activity on ageing brains and cognition (BBSRC, supervised with Kamen Tsvetanov).

Ayat Abdurahman (PhD): Effects of age on memory and attention (BBSRC, supervised with Jon Simons).

David Nesbitt (MD/PhD): Detection of dementia in the community (MRC, supervised with James Rowe).

Sarah Shipley (PhD): Replay in Alzheimer rodent models (Cambridge Trusts, supervised with Dennis Chan).


Past Docs (people who ought to know better than me):

Alex Quent: Novelty, prediction error and memory encoding: limitations of the PIMMS framework (Gates funded). Proceeded to his own lab in China.

Sophia Borgeest (PhD): Effects of lifestyle on ageing brains and cognition (MRC, supervised with Rogier Kievit). Proceeded to management consultant.

Delshad Vaghari (PhD): MEG biomarkers for MCI (University of Tehran). Proceeded to postdoc in Cambridge Psychology Department.

Alex Kaula: Effects of Priming on Subsequent Associative Memory: Testing Prediction Error and Attentional Accounts (MRC). Proceeded to a job in psychometrics industry.

Pei Huang: Improving Data Quality for High Resolution Functional MRI in Cognitive Neuroscience Applications Singapore A-star studentship (co-supervised with Marta Correia). Returned to Signapore for postdoc in MRI.

Hunar Abdulrahman: Investigating neural correlates of stimulus repetition using fMRI (Cambridge International PhD Scholarship). Returned to medical training in Iraq.

Brieuc Lehmann: Characterising dynamic functional connectivity (MRC, co-supervised by Simon White, MRC Biostats Unit). Proceeded to a postdoc in Oxford.

David Howett : Spatial navigation in dementia (MRC, co-supervised with Dennis Chan at Clinical Neurosciences). Proceeded to a lectureship in Newcastle.

Seyedehrezvan (Rezvan) Farahibozorg : Cambridge International PhD Scholarship to work on Uncovering Dynamic Semantic Networks in the Brain: Using Novel Approaches for EEG/MEG Connectome Reconstruction (Cambridge International PhD Scholarship, co-supervised with Olaf Hauk). Proceeded to a postdoc in Oxford.

Jiri Cerova: Computational modelling of prediction error in probabilistic associative learning (MRC). Proceeded to start-up in AI industry.

Ali Trelle on Episodic memory decline in health ageing (led by Jon Simons, Psychology). Proceeded to a post-doc at Stanford University.

Alex Lau on Intrusive emotional memories: a special form of memory?. (led by Emily Holmes). Proceeded to clinical psychology training.

Daniel Wakeman Elekta PhD studentship to work on Multi-stage evaluation and improvement of MEEG Part 1 and Part 2. Proceeded to RA in Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging.

Aidan Horner MRC PhD Studentship to work on Stimulus-response learning in priming and repetition suppression. Proceeded to postdoc at UCL.

Elias Mouchlianitis Self-funded PhD to work on Hemispheric asymmetries in face priming. Proceeded to post-doc at Kings College London.

Lisa Brindley Elekta PhD studentship to work on Clinical potential of MEG in dementia. Proceeded to post-doc at University of Cardiff.

Karen Taylor. MRC Studentship (led by Kim Graham) to work on Role of medial temporal lobes in recognition memory for faces vs scenes. Proceeded to post-doc at University of California at Davis.

Chris Berry (led by David Shanks, UCL) to work on A single-process model of recognition memory and priming. Proceeded to a Lecturership at University of Plymouth.

Michael Hornberger (led by Mick Rugg, UCL) to work on EEG and fMRI investigations of retrieval orientation. Proceeded to a post-doc at MRC CBU.


Past Post-docs (people who definitely know better than me):

Roni Tibon (Newton then British Academy Fellow): Schema and unitisation in memory. Now a lecturer at the University of Nottingham.

Aya Ben-Yakov (EU Marie Curie Fellow then Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow): Prediction error and event boundaries. Now group leader at The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Israel.

Kamen Tsvetanov (Brain Fellow): Activity and connectivity in ageing. Proceeded to an independent fellow in the University of Cambridge.

Ethan Knights (EU Horizon 2020 CamCAN Data Manager). Proceeded to job in psychometric industry.

Elisa Cooper (MRC RA/Postdoc, 2012-2022). Proceeded to job in psychometric industry.

Renee Visser (EU Marie Curie Fellow). Proceeded to Veni Fellow and Lecturer at University of Amsterdam

Lara Bridge (RA): Enriching CamCAN for LifeBrain (EU Horizon 2020). Proceeded to a PhD in Amsterdam.

Linda Geerligs (NWO Veni Fellow). Proceeded to Research Fellow at the Donders Institute in Nijmegen.

Arjen Alink (British Academy Fellow). Proceeded to Research Fellow in Hamburg.

Rogier Kievit (former post-doc working on ageing in CamCAN BBSRC project). Proceeded to Sir Henry Wellcome Trust Fellow and CBU Programme-Leader Track.

Darren Price. Former CamCAN data-manager; Proceeded to AI start-up.

Bernhard Staresina (former Sir Henry Wellcome Trust Fellow working on functional integration within the medial temporal lobes). Proceeded to a Sir Henry Dale Wellcome Trust Fellow at Birmingham.

Nick Furl (former ESRC Fellow working on neurocomputational models of dynamic face processing). Proceeded to a Lecturership at Royal Holloway University of London.

Nitin Williams (former post-doc working on ageing in CamCAN BBSRC project). Proceeded to a post-doc at University of Helsinki.

Jason Taylor (former MRC CBU post-doc working on recollection, familiarity and priming) Proceeded to a Lecturership at the University of Manchester.

Pierre Gagnepain (former INSERM post-doc working on relationship between recollection, familiarity and priming). Proceeded to a Research Fellow at University of Caen.

Marie Smith (former MRC/GSK CBU post-doc working on sleep deprivation and MEG). Proceeded to Lecturership at University of Birkbeck.

Morgan Barense (former MRC CBU post-doc working on role of medial temporal lobe in perception). Proceeded to Associate Professor at University of Toronto.

Doris Eckstein (former Swiss NSF Research Fellow working on subliminal priming). Proceeded to a post-doc at University of Bern.

Audrey Duarte (former MRC CBU post-doc working on effects of ageing on recognition memory). Proceeded to Associate Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology.



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