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Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Journal July

Latest Quarterly Journal of:
Cognitive Neuroscience

(Volume 7: January 2014)

2012 Impact Factor: 3.160

The Rise and Fall of Memory across the Life Span

Attendance free and open to all staff and students at UCL and other UK institutions.

120 people attended a very successful event.  Some of the talks will be available here soon!

Workshop Speakers:

Professor Carol Barnes:  Regents Professor of Psychology and Neurology; Evelyn F McKnight Chair for Learning & Memory in Aging; Director, Evelyn F McKnight Brain Institute, University of Arizona, USA

“Temporal Lobe correlates of Memory Decline in Normal Aging”     Watch video......

Professor Barnes is a world leader in the study of the neural mechanisms of memory loss during normal brain aging. She is a past-president (2005) of the Society for Neuroscience, an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an Elected Foreign Member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters.

The central goal of Professor Barnes’ research and teaching program is how the brain changes during the aging process and the functional consequences of these changes on information processing and memory in the elderly. Her research involves studies of behaviour and neurophysiology in young and old laboratory animals. This work provides a basis for understanding the basic mechanisms of normal aging in the brain and sets a background against which it is possible to assess the effects of pathological changes such as Alzheimer's disease.

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Carol Barnes

Professor Neil BurgessProfessor of Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Queen’s Square:

Spatial memory: neural mechanisms, development and amnesia”       Watch video......

Professor Burgess’ research and interests include the investigation of the role of the hippocampus in spatial navigation and episodic memory: computational modelling and electrophysiological analysis of the function of hippocampal neurons in the rat, functional imaging of human navigation, and neuropsychological experiments on spatial and episodic memory, as well as the investigation of human short-term memory for serial order: computational modelling, functional imaging and psychological experiment.

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Neil Burgess

Professor Kim Graham:  Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

“Blurring the boundaries between memory and perception: neuropsychological and neuroimaging evidence”   

Professor Graham’s main research interest is in human long-term memory (our store of episodes from the past and our factual knowledge about the world). She is particularly interested the neural substrates of long-term memory, and how this key cognitive system interacts with language, semantic memory, and perception.  Her recent work has demonstrated key impairments in object and scene memory, learning and perception in amnesia, as well as complementary domain-sensitive patterns of medial temporal lobe activation in healthy participants.  These findings are supportive of new accounts of memory in which memory emerges from activation of complex representations distributed throughout the brain.

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Kim Graham

Professor Alan Baddeley:  Department of Psychology, University of York

“Memory: A life-span oriented overview”   Watch video......

Professor Baddeley’s interests are in human memory, neuropsychology and in the practical application of cognitive psychology. He is best known for the Baddeley and Hitch proposed model of working memory in 1974 which argues for the existence of multiple short term memory stores and a separate interacting system for manipulating the content of these stores. The model accounts for much of the empirical data on short-term retention and manipulation of information.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1993. In 1996, he was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Alan Baddeley

Professor Nicola Clayton:  Professor of Comparative Cognition, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge

Mental Time Travel: From Crows to Children and Back Again”    Watch video......

Nicola Clayton is Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Clare College and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Her expertise lies in the contemporary study of comparative cognition, integrating a knowledge of both biology and psychology to introduce new ways of thinking about the evolution and development of intelligence in non-verbal animals and pre-verbal children.

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Nicola Clayton


Summer Workshop 2012 - This Workshop has now been postponed

‘The epilepsies: Animal models and their relevance to childhood and adult epileptic syndromes’

Please continue to check here for further details of the future 2012 workshops.

Previous workshop programmes:

This exciting workshop was jointly organised by the CDCN and the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck and brought together five distinguished professors in the field of developmental neuroscience to give talks on the topic of emerging social skills during infancy. Our first speaker, Professor Murray, who is based at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at Reading University, has done extensive work on the effects of postnatal depression (PND) on children’s emotional, cognitive and social development. She spoke about the need to cater for the different developmental profiles that are brought on by distinct types of PND. Our second speaker, Professor Fearon, is one of the heads of the Anna Freud Centre-UCL Developmental Neuroscience Unit, which maintains a working collaboration with the Child Study Centre at Yale University. He is currently involved in a study that has recruited 361 adopted children at birth and will follow them up for a number of years with the aim of understanding gene-environment correlations during that time. Our third speaker, Professor Moore, is based at the University of East London and is the current Director of the Institute of Research for Child Development. He informed the audience about two ongoing studies examining the effects of low socio-economic status (SES) on social development. Our fourth speaker, Professor Mark Johnson, is the current Director of the CBCD and has worked extensively over the past two decades on the mechanisms driving typical and atypical development. In his current talk, he spoke about the BASIS study, a study where baby siblings of older children with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) are investigated for early signs of autism. Our final speaker, Professor Csibra, heads the department of Cognitive Science in the Central European University based in Budapest. Together with Professor Gyorgy Gergely he founded the Cognitive Development Centre, which addresses questions related to the ontogenesis of human cognitive capacities. His current talk focused on the nature of the development of referential communication and its implications for the birth of language abilities.