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Dr Philip Clatworthy

Dr Philip Clatworthy

Dr Philip Clatworthy

Research Associate in Experimental Psychology

Area of research

Visual dysfunction, brain plasticity, and recovery

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

I have also published studies on the role of striatal dopamine in cognition, and cognitive screening (the TYM test,

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


Activities / Findings

2009.  With colleagues in the Stroke Research Group and Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre in Cambridge University, I developed a new method for tracing the optic radiations in individual subjects and patients, using MRI fibre tracking methods (tractography) and comparing the resulting images with each other and with anatomical reference data.

2008.  At the Behavioural and Clinical Neurosciences Institute in Cambridge University, I found evidence for optimal dopamine levels in subregions of the human striatum, for specific cognitive functions.  This has relevance for cognitive function in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Parkinson's disease in particular.

2004.  In the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, in the University of Cambridge, I used computational modelling to provide evidence in support of the theory that the mammalian visual system is adapted to the statistical properties of everyday natural images.


  • Neurorehabilitation
  • dopamine


  • Stroke
  • visual dysfunction

Processes and functions

  • Cognition
  • vision
  • plasticity


  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • MRI tractography
  • fMRI
  • Psychophysics
  • computational modelling
  • PET.



School of Experimental Psychology

Other sites

Experimental Psychology staff

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Networks & contacts

  • With Prof Iain Gilchrist and Dr Ailie Turton I am currently developing a study of visual rehabilitation in patients with visual loss due to stroke (visuospatial neglect and hemianopia).

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