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Awareness

Awareness group investigates how consciousness of the environment arises from sensory stimulation. The group is led by Prof Geraint Rees.

Geraint Rees

Group Leader

 

g.rees@ucl.ac.uk

+44 20 7679 0883

Geraint Rees

Awareness Research

The simplicity with which we can open our eyes and experience the world around us belies the complexity of the underlying neural mechanisms, which remain incompletely understood. We seek to understand the basis of visual awareness in the brain, and how it breaks down in common neurological disorders such as stroke. In particular, we study how visual attention changes our perception of the world and affects visual awareness, using functional magnetic resonance imaging in combination with visual psychophysics and transcranial magnetic stimulation. 

Group Members

Micah Allen

Micah Allen
mga.neuro@gmail.com

I study the dynamics interrelating brain, body, and subjective experience.

Jinedra Ekanayake

Jindera Ekanayake
jinendra.ekanayake@fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow. Honorary Specialist Registrar Neurosurgery. PhD Student. Decoding of attention, brain-machine interface, real-time fMRI.

Javier Elkin

Javier Elkin
javier.elkin.10@ucl.ac.uk

Javier is a PhD student funded by the EPSRC and the IBME working on translational cognitive neuroscience. His work focuses on finding practical applications for neuroscientific research that can benefit society. He strongly believes in the need for science-driven informed policy and legislation.

Sharon Gilaie-Dotan

Sharon Gilaie-Dotan
s.gilaie-dotan@ucl.ac.uk

My main research interest is understanding the perceptual and neural mechanisms supporting visual perception, with an emphasis on form and motion perception. I am also interested in the neural mechanisms supporting time perception. I investigate healthy individuals, developmental cases and brain damaged patients. My research combines different techniques as functional and structural MRI studies, behavioural techniques, neuropsychological assessments and TMS.

Sarah Gregory

Sarah Gregory
s.gregory@ucl.ac.uk

Sarah Gregory is a postdoctoral fellow working on the TrackON-HD project, funded by a major grant to Sarah Tabrizi. Her main focus is resting-state fMRI and compensatory mechanisms in pre-manifest Huntington's Disease.

Rebecca Lawson

Rebecca Lawson
rebecca.lawson@ucl.ac.uk
Adeel Razi

Adel Razi
a.razi@ucl.ac.uk

My research  focus on developing new methods and models to characterise connectivity in brain networks using resting state fMRI. I developed a new, accurate, sensitive and computationally efficient scheme known as spectral Dynamic Causal Modelling (DCM). My translational interest is in using connectivity modelling to investigate compensatory mechanism in pre-manifest Huntington's Disease.

Ylva Valden

Ylva Valden
y.valden@ucl.ac.uk
Joel Winston

Joel Winston
joel.winston@ucl.ac.uk

My primary interest was emotional aspects of face perception , but I have also been involved with some work on the human olfactory system. I am currently interested in undertaking more clinically-oriented research. My plan is to use my Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Training Fellowship to study the neuroscience of medical symptomatology. This is work that will be done in conjunction with Professor Ray Dolan and Professor Geraint Rees at UCL, and Professor Jay Gottfried at Northwestern University, Chicago.