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Curriculum Vitae

Richard (Rik) Henson, MA, MSc, PhD, FBA


Personal Details

  • Nationality: British
  • Status: Married, two children
  • Date of Birth: August 31st, 1970
  • Work Address: MRC CBU, 15 Chaucer Road, Cambridge, CB2 7EF
  • Work Tel: +44 (0)1223 355 294


Education & Employment

  • 2024-..., Head of Methods Group, Medical Research Council (MRC) Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU)
  • 2018-..., Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
  • 2017-18, Acting Director, MRC CBU
  • 2014-23, Deputy Director, MRC CBU
  • 2004-..., Programme Leader, MRC CBU
  • 2003-04, Honorary Principal, Functional Imaging Laboratory (FIL), UCL
  • 2003-04, Group Leader, Cognitive Electrophysiology Group, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN), UCL
  • 2000-04, Wellcome Career Development Fellowship, Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience (WDIN), UCL
  • 1997-00, Wellcome Research Fellow, WDIN, UCL, with Prof Tim Shallice and Prof Ray Dolan
  • 1996-97, BBSRC Research Fellow, Psychology and Anatomy Departments, UCL, with Prof Graham Hitch and Dr Neil Burgess
  • 1993-96, PhD at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge University, with Prof Alan Baddeley, Dr Dennis Norris and Dr Mike Page
  • 1992-93, MSc (Distinction) in Information Technology: Intelligent Knowledge-Based Systems, Department of Artificial Intelligence, Edinburgh University
  • 1989-92, MA (Hons) in Natural Sciences; Experimental Psychology, Cambridge University, St John's college
  • 1981-88, Secondary education: Judd School, Tonbridge, 10 GCE O-Levels; 4 GCE A-Levels, all 'A' grade


Academic Achievements

  • 2022, Fellow of the British Academy
  • 2003, Visiting Professor, University of Liverpool
  • 2003, Eleventh Experimental Psychology Society Prize
  • 2000, Wellcome Career Development Fellowship
  • 1998, British Psychological Society Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Research
  • 1993, Rank Xerox Prize for best MSc Dissertation, Department of AI, Edinburgh University
  • 1989, Three year University Sponsorship from AEA Technology, Culham Laboratory
  • 1989, UK Representative, US High School Honours Program in Computing, Livermore, California
  • 1988, Judd School Governors' Leaving Exhibition Prize, Maths Prize, Bentall Physics Prize


Professional Associations/Responsibilities

  • Director, Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (Cam-CAN, 2021-...)
  • President, British Neuroscience Association (2021-23)
  • President-Elect, British Neuroscience Association (2019-21)
  • Reviewing Editor, Journal of Neuroscience (2017-20)
  • Committee Member, Wellcome Trust Expert Review Group (2013-17)
  • Section Editor, Cognitive Neuroscience Section, Neuroimage (2005-08)
  • Committee Member, Experimental Psychology Society (2004-07)
  • Member: Memory Disorders Research Society; Society for Neuroscience; British Neuroscience Association; Experimental Psychology Society


Internal CBU Responsibilities

  • Founder of CBU Open Science Committee, 2015-...
  • Chair of CBU Imaging Management Committee, 2010-...
  • Member of CBU Unit Management Committee, MEG Management, MRI Management, Scientific Computing and IT Strategy committees
  • Member of the Equality Committee, 2009-2014
  • Chair of Imaging Interest Group, 2004-2010


Academic Interests

  • Cognitive Neuroscience, in particular Priming, Episodic Memory, Visual Object Perception
  • Methodology and Philosophy of functional neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, MEG)
  • Statistics and Computational modelling


Non-Academic Achievements

  • Mens Captain, Shelford Tennis Club, 2018-...
  • Member, Cambridge University Ultimate Frisbee team 2005-2006
  • Captain, St Johns College Graduate Football team, 2005-2006
  • Cambridge University Rag (Charity) Committee; Editor of CU Rag Magazine, 1992
  • Secretary and Founding Member, Cambridge University Cognitive Science Society, 1991-1992
  • St John's College Football, Tennis and Squash teams, 1999-2002
  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award, 1991
  • Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award, 1987

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