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Cognition Group

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Members of the Cognition Group study autobiographical episodic and semantic memory, perception and attentional processes, conceptual knowledge, working memory, mental imagery, intelligence measurement and theory.

We employ a range of methods including behavioural and cognitive experimental approaches, structural and functional MRI, electroencephalography, functional near infra-red spectroscopy, cortical stimulation and computational modelling.

The Cognition Group is part of the ARU Centre for Mind and Behaviour.

We offer a Psychology PhD. We have also identified a range of innovative research project opportunities for postgraduate researchers.

For more information, contact Prof David Pearson at [email protected]


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  • Azeezat Aminu
  • Tanja Ecken
  • Eray Ertuğrul
  • Lewis Horsman
  • Dominic McCollum
  • Emily McKendrick
  • Maria Murga
  • Komal Ramlagun
  • Rathna Seetharaman
  • Lorraine Tindale
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Pearson, D. (2024) 'Mental Imagery and Creative Cognition'. In: Ball, B. and Vallée-Tourangeau, F. (2024), The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Cognition. 1st edn. Abingdon: Routledge.

Prof Peter Bright has co-edited an article collection on metacognition for Scientific Reports, now published (October 2023). Available at: https://www.nature.com/collections/fjifjeaibi

Hodgetts, C. J., Close, J. O. E. and Hahn, U. (2023) 'Similarity and structured representation in human and nonhuman apes', Cognition, 236, 105419. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2023.10541

Bright, P., Cadman, K., Finessi, M. and van der Linde, I. (2023). 'Development of tools for estimating premorbid cognitive abilities in visually impaired and blind adults', Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 35, A72. (published conference abstract).

Geva S., Schneider, L. M., Khan, S., Lorca-Puls, D. L., Gajardo-Vidal, A., PLORAS team, Hope, T. M. H, Green, D. W. and Price, C. J. (2022) 'Enhanced left superior parietal activation during successful speech production in patients with left dorsal striatal damage and error-prone neurotypical participants', Cerebral Cortex. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhac282

Filippi, R. and Bright, P. (2022) 'A cross-sectional developmental approach to bilingualism: Exploring neurocognitive effects across the lifespan', Ampersand, 10, 100097. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amper.2022.100097

Wyman, D. L., Butler, L., Bright, P., Morgan‐Trimmer, S., Budgett, J. and Cooper, C. (2022) 'A systematic review of process evaluations for psychosocial interventions designed to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of community‐dwelling people with dementia and their carers', International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 37(12). Available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/gps.5828

Wyman, D. L., Butler, L., Cooper, C., Bright, P., Morgan-Trimmer, S. and Barber, J. (2022) 'Process evaluation of the New Interventions for independence in Dementia Study (NIDUS) Family stream randomised controlled trial: protocol', BMJ Open, 12(6), 54613. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-054613

Mercure, E., Bright, P., Quiroz, I. and Filippi, R. (2022) 'Effect of infant bilingualism on audiovisual integration in a McGurk task', Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 217, 105351. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2021.105351

Pearson, D. (2021) 'Training the mind's eye: arts education and creative cognition', NiTRO, 39.

Filippi, R., Ceccolini, A. and Bright, P. (2022) 'Trajectories of verbal fluency and executive functions in multilingual and monolingual children and adults', Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 75(1), pp. 130-147.

van der Linde, I., Horsman, L. and Bright, P. (2021) 'The validity of abbreviated forms of the National Adult Reading Test and Spot-the-Word 2 for estimating full-scale IQ',Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2021.1958874

Filippi, R. and Bright, P. (2021) 'Cognitive Reserve and Language Experience: Can Long-Term Use of Multiple Languages Protect Our Brains From the Effects of Aging?', Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 748181. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.748181

Filippi, R., Ceccolini, A. and Bright, P. (2021) 'Trajectories of verbal fluency and executive functions in multilingual and monolingual children and adults', Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/1747021820931096

Jansson-Boyd, C. V. and Kobescak, M. (2020) 'To see is to hold: Using food surface textures to communicate product healthiness', Food Quality and Preference, 81, 103866. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2019.103866

Filippi, R., Ceccolini, A., Periche-Tomas, E. and Bright, P. (2020) 'Developmental trajectories of metacognitive processing and executive function from childhood to older age', Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/1747021820931096.

Filippi, R., Periche-Tomas, E., Papageorgiou, A. and Bright, P. (2020) 'A role for the cerebellum in the control of verbal interference: comparison of bilingual and monolingual adults', PLOS ONE. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0231288

Vieira, A., van der Linde, I., Bright, P. and Wilkins, A. (2020) 'Preference for lighting chromaticity in migraine with aura', Headache. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/head.13801

Buckland, S., Kaminskiy, E. and Bright, P. (2020) 'Individual and family experiences of loss after acquired brain injury: A multi-method investigation', Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2019.1708415

Bright, P. and van der Linde, I. (2020) 'Comparison of methods for estimating premorbid intelligence', Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 30(1), pp. 1-14. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2018.1445650

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