UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr John King

Dr John King


1-19 Torrington Place


  • Senior Lecturer
    Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL


My overarching interest is in human memory, particularly spatial and episodic memory, and how it fails. My background is in pure research in this area; using a variety of techniques including functional brain imaging and virtual realities I was able to observe large-scale spatial behaviour in a controlled environment and design tasks which are sensitive to hippocampal damage. I am now developing a clinical research programme in which I will apply these techniques in clinical populations where memory is impaired. This includes applying sensitive tests for subtle memory deficits, and understanding the role memory plays in a number of mental illnesses, such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, where there is currently considerable confusion about the cause of memory problems and their role in developmental psychopathology. The aim of this research is twofold - to further understand the fundamental neural processes of memory, and importantly, to generate new loci of treatment in mental disorder; by understanding the role of memory impairment in, say, PTSD, it may be possible to develop cognitive remediation treatments which can help in the recovery from these debilitating conditions.
Award year Qualification Institution
1998 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
University College London
1990 BSc Hons
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
University of Birmingham


Alzheimer's disease|*|Amnesia|*|Amnesic syndromes|*|Amygdala|*|Anxiety|*|Anxiety disorders|*|Behavioural analysis|*|Brain imaging|*|Brain injury|*|Cognition|*|Computational methods|*|Dementia|*|Epilepsy|*|Functional MRI (fMRI)|*|Hippocampus|*|Imaging|*|Lesion analysis|*|Memory|*|Motor control|*|Neuroimaging|*|Neuropsychological testing|*|Post-traumatic stress disorder|*|Recognition|*|Spatial learning|*|Virtual reality|*|neural correlates of mental illness|*|neuroimaging|*|spatial cognition and memory|*|virtual reality