UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Hugo Spiers

Dr Hugo Spiers


Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience, Department of Psychol
26 Bedford Way


  • Reader in Neuroscience
    Experimental Psychology
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL


Hugo Spiers is director of the Spatial Cognition Laboratory at UCL. His research team study how our brain constructs representations of the world and uses them to navigate, imagine the future and remember the past. The research group are based in the UCL Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience and use brain imaging, neuropsychological testing, virtual reality, eye-tracking and single cell recording as methods to understand brain function and spatial cognition.

Award year Qualification Institution
Doctor of Philosophy
University College London
1998 BSc Hons
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
University College London

Hugo Spiers has over 20 years of neuroscience research experience. He gained his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience under the supervision of Neil Burgess and John O'Keefe. After post-doctoral fellowships at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge (with Kim Graham) and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuro-imaging (with Eleanor Maguire) he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Advanced Training Fellowship to learn single unit recording at UCL. He now employs cognitive and behavioural neuroscience techniques to study the neural basis of spatial cognition. In 2016 he launched the Sea Hero Quest project with Prof Michael Hornberger at UEA which has tested nearly 3 million people world wide on their spatial navigation abilities. 


Amnesia|*|Amnesic syndromes|*|Behaviour|*|Behavioural analysis|*|Brain|*|Brain imaging|*|Brain injury|*|Cerebral blood flow|*|Coding|*|Cognition|*|Cognitive|*|Connectivity|*|Decision|*|Decision making|*|Dementia|*|EEG|*|Electrophysiological recording techniques|*|Electrophysiology|*|Epilepsy|*|Executive function|*|Extracellular recording - chronic|*|Eye movement recording|*|FMRI|*|Face perception|*|Field potential recording|*|Frontal lobe|*|Functional MRI (fMRI)|*|Goal-directed behaviour analysis|*|Hippocampus|*|Histology|*|Image analysis|*|Imaging|*|Learning|*|Lesion analysis|*|MRI|*|Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)|*|Memory|*|Multiunit recording|*|Neocortex|*|Networks|*|Neural Circuits/Networks|*|Neural basis of spatial cognition, memory and goal-directed behaviour|*|Neural signalling|*|Neuroanatomical approaches|*|Neuroanatomy|*|Neuroimaging|*|Neuron|*|Neuropathology|*|Neurophysiology|*|Neuropsychological testing|*|Neuropsychology|*|Neuroscience|*|Orbitofrontal cortex|*|Perception|*|Perirhinal cortex|*|Plasticity|*|Prefrontal cortex|*|Recognition|*|Reconsolidation|*|Reward|*|Rhythm|*|Signalling|*|Social|*|Social cognition|*|Spatial learning|*|Synaptic plasticity|*|Temporal lobes|*|Tetrode recording|*|Traumatic brain injury|*|Virtual reality|*|Visual perception|*|Working memory