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Dr Philip Clatworthy

Dr Philip Clatworthy

Dr Philip Clatworthy

Research Associate in Experimental Psychology

Area of research

Stroke, visual dysfunction, brain plasticity, rehabilitation

Office 1.2, 5 Priory Road
The Priory Road Complex,
Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1TU
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+44 (0) 117 33 466 16


I principally study visual dysfunction in neurological disease, especially stroke.

My focus is on brain plasticity and the mechanisms underlying recovery of visual function, with the aim of enhancing recovery, particularly through neurorehabilitation.

I use brain imaging, psychophysics and eye tracking to measure visual function, visual behaviour and activity in brain networks in people who have lost vision following stroke.  I am working on understanding how the visual system can be trained through repeated visual tasks by "perceptual learning", and particularly how this varies between individuals.  I am also working to use knowledge of how people perform visual activitites following visual loss to develop improved and individualised visual rehabilitation methods.

I have also published studies on the role of striatal dopamine in cognition and in particular its contribution to the varying effects of cognitive enhancing drugs between indviduals.

I helped publish the first published study using the TYM test,

Publications are available through my ResearcherID: E-5288-2010 (roll over the badge below)



I was born and schooled in North Lincolnshire in the UK.  In 1998 I graduated from medical school in Cambridge, UK (St John's College).  In 2010 I completed my PhD, also in Cambridge.  I currently work as a Consultant Stroke Neurologist at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, UK, and I am an Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Early Career Research Fellow in the University of Bristol.  I was recently awarded The Stroke Association Thompson Family Senior Clinical Lectureship to work on real-world individualised rehabilitation in visual loss due to stroke.


For the last three years I have taught "Biological Principles of Neurological Recovery and Rehabilitation" on the Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology course in Bristol.  I have supervised a number of MSc students at the University of Bristol.  I regularly teach medical students about neurology and stroke.


  • Neurorehabilitation
  • dopamine



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