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Professor Kit Pleydell-Pearce

Professor Kit Pleydell-Pearce

Professor Kit Pleydell-Pearce
B.Sc.(Manc.), Ph.D.(Cantab.)

Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology Education

Area of research

Neuropsychology

Office 5D28
The Priory Road Complex,
Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1TU
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Summary

My research is primarily concerned with neurophysiological correlates of human cognition, and issues associated with localisation of cognitive function. Recent work has focused upon brain mechanisms underlying autobiographical memory. In addition, I am interested in developing new mathematical and computational techniques for analysing brain activity. This research is currently focused upon the problem of measuring cognitive workload and fatigue.

Recent and current grants

  • 1999-2000. Development of a Cognition Monitor, DERA, Centre for Human Sciences. In collaboration with Dr S. Whitecross (DoEP).
  • 2000-2001. Further development of a Cognition Monitor. QinetiQ. Centre for Human Sciences. In collaboration with Dr S. Whitecross (DoEP).
  • 2000-2001. The task taxonomy and workload implications of the pilot’s role. QinetiQ, Centre for Human Sciences. In collaboration with T. Diethe (CHS).
  • 1999-2002. The neurophysiology of true and false memories. BBSRC. In collaboration with Prof. Martin Conway (Co-App), Dr Helen Sharpe and Dr Sharron Whitecross.
  • 2002-2003 Measurement and analysis of EEG activity. QinetiQ, Centre for Human Sciences. In collaboration with Dr Caroline Brown (DoEP).
  • 2001-2004. Further support and development of Cognition Monitor. QinetiQ. Centre for Human Sciences. In collaboration with Dr Sharron Whitecross.

Biography

BSc Psychology, University of Manchester, 1983. I then completed a PhD in 1988 at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with the MRC Applied Psychology Unit. In 1990 I joined the Burden Neurological Institute which resides within Frenchay Hospital, Bristol and remained there for ten years. During that time I developed links with the Department of Experimental Psychology at Bristol University, in both a teaching and research capacity. In 2000, I joined the Department of Experimental Psychology in Bristol as a full-time member of staff.

Teaching

  • Level 2 Neuropsychology (Dept. Experimental Psychology)
  • Level 3 Neuropsychology (Dept. Experimental Psychology)
  • Level 3 Consciousness and Psychology (Dept. Experimental Psychology)
  • MSc Neuropsychology (Dept. Experimental Psychology)

PHD students supervised and co-supervised

  • Caroline Brown: Investigating the role of gamma EEG as a solution to the binding problem.
  • Sharron Whitecross: Slow cortical shifts and area specific activity
  • Martin Bunnage: Surgical treatment of Parkinson’s disease: a comparison of glial-derived neurotrophic factor infusion and deep brain stimulation.
  • Guy Peryer: Optimising detection and response to auditory warning signals.

Keywords

  • EEG
  • Autonomic arousal
  • Slow cortical potentials
  • Software/hardware development

Skills

  • General interest in mathematical algorithms for understanding cognitive and affective processes and disease diagnosis

Processes and functions

  • Autobiographical memory
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Anxiety
  • Alertness
  • Sleep and wakefulness
  • Executive function

Methodologies

  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Autonomic measures
  • Pupilometry
  • Behavioural analysis

Expertise

My research is primarily concerned with neurophysiological correlates of human cognition, and issues associated with localisation of cognitive function. Recent work has focused upon brain mechanisms underlying autobiographical memory. In addition, I am interested in developing new mathematical and computational techniques for analysing brain activity. This research is currently focused upon the problem of measuring cognitive workload and fatigue.

  • slow cortical potentials
  • cognitive workload
  • autobiographical memory
  • attention
  • consciousness
  • neurophysiological signals
  • human cognition
  • Memberships

    Organisations

    School of Experimental Psychology

    Other sites

    Psychological Science staff

    Research themes

    Research groups

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    Recent publications

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