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Dr Tom Couch

Dr Tom Couch

Research IT Services Facilitator

RITS Facilitation

ISD Research IT Services

Joined UCL
29th Apr 2013

Research summary

My research background is in cognitive neuroscience. In particular: recognition and episodic memory; the role of context in perception and memory; and motor learning. I have also carried out research in the field of radiation protection regarding the acquisition and statistical treatment of patient dose data and developed new methods for quality assurances tests of medical imaging equipment.

Education

University of Manchester
PhD, Cognitive Neuroscience | 2012
University of Liverpool
MSc, Psychology | 2006
University of Oxford
BA Hons, Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology | 2003

Biography

I gained my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology from the University of Oxford in 2003 and spent the next two years playing prog rock in a band in Liverpool. In 2006 at the University of Liverpool I obtained my Master’s degree in Research Methods in Psychology, where I carried out a study into the role that sleep plays in consolidating motor memory using fMRI. Following this, I moved to the University of Manchester where I studied for a PhD in Psychology. For my thesis I combined fMRI and eye-tracking methods to explore the neural correlates of recollection where it supports object recognition.


In 2011 I joined a radiation protection service in Liverpool as a technical officer. In this role I was carrying out quality assurance tests on medical imaging equipment and developing new strategies for gathering and validating data for diagnostic reference levels of radiation dose.


I joined UCL in 2013 as a facilitator for the Research IT Services department where I am responsible for communications, outreach and engagement, and delivering training for our services.

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