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Professor Kit Pleydell-Pearce

Neuropsychology

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.

Research keywords

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

Diseases related to this field of research

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

Processes and functions relevant to this work

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

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