Adult Cognition

There are three dominant research strands in this group: (1) Visual Cognition - exploring mechanisms of selective attention, attentional orienting, object formation, and the representation of information in visual short term memory (2) Perception and Action - looking at the cognitive processes associated with processing of stimuli containing action possibilities (affordances), and with the preparation and execution of everyday actions such as reaching & grasping towards objects and walking; (3) Remembering Past & Imagining Future Events - research looks at the way that memory supports our identity, and in the way that ideas about the future (e.g. prospective memory) are related to health and behaviour change.

A variety of methods and techniques are employed in exploring these areas. These include psychophysical techniques such as masking, eye-tracking technology, movement analysis equipment, use of Neuropsychological instruments, as well as Cognitive Neuroscience techniques such as Event Related Potentials (ERPs) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Our research includes work in healthy adult populations, as well as in certain clinical groups such as dementia, autism, and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Some members of the Adult Cognition Group work alongside clinicians at local hospitals and have collaborators at other academic institutions both nationally and internationally.

Adult Cognition group members

Click on the links below to find out more about individual staff research interests and specialisms.

PhD Students

Completed PhD students

  • Yiannis Argyropoulos (2013)
  • David Schwartzmann (2010)

Recent Funded Work

Rathbone, C. “Memory and the self in ageing” ESRC 2012 (£139,301)

Wilmut, K. and Barnett, A. L. Navigational abilities of typically developing individuals and individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder. ESRC 2012 (£280,261)

Wilmut, K. Forward anticipation of movement in typically developing children and children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. ESRC 2010 (£166,515)


Selected publications

Wilmut, K., Du, W., & Barnett, A.L. (2015) How do I fit through that gap? Navigation through apertures in adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder. PLoS ONE.

Alstad, Z.., Sanders, E., Abbott, R., Barnett, A., Hendersen, S., Connelly, V., & Berninger, V. (2015). Modes of alphabet letter production during middle childhood and adolescence: Interrelationships with each other and other writing skills. Journal of Writing.

Skarratt, P. A., Gellatly, A. R.H., Cole, G. G., Pilling, M., & Hulleman, J. (2014, In press). Looming motion primes the visuomotor system. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance.

Femke Rutters, Sanjay Kumar, Suzanne Higgs, & Glyn W. Humphreys (2014). Electrophysiological evidencce for enhanced representation of food stimuli in working memory. Experimental Brain Research.

Adams, J., Barbosa Bouças, S., Hislop, K., Dziedzic, K., Arden, N., Graham, C., McKenna, H., Jansen, V., Shaylor, B., Macleod, C., Bancroft, K., & Bradley, S. (2014). The effectiveness and efficacy of splints for thumb base osteoarthritis: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Rheumatology, 53(Suppl. 1), i41-i42.

Rathbone, C.J., Ellis, J.A., Baker, I., & Butler, C.R. (2014). Self, memory and imagining the future in a case of psychogenic amnesia. Neurocase. Advance online publication. DOI:10.1080/13554794.2014.977923

Rathbone, C.J., & Moulin, C.J.A. (2014). Measuring autobiographical fluency in the self-memory system. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Advance online publication. DOI:10.1080/17470218.2014.913069

Craik, F.I.M., Barense, M.D., Rathbone, C.J., Grusec, J.E., Stuss, D.T., Gao, F., Scott, C.J.M., & Black, S.E. (2014). VL: A further case of erroneous recollection. Neuropsychologia, 56, 367-380.

Pilling, M., Gellatly, A., Argyropoulos, Y. & Skarratt, P.A. (2014, In press). Exogenous spatial pre-cueing reliably modulates object processing but not object substitution masking. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics.

Barbosa Bouças, S., Hislop, K., Dziedzic, K., Arden, N., Burridge, J., Hammond, A., Stokes, M., Lewis, M., Gooberman-Hill, R., Coales, K., & Adams, J. (2013). Defining optimal NHS occupational therapy treatment, individualised splint, and placebo splint for patients with thumb base OA: A Delphi study. Rheumatology, 52(Suppl. 1), i105-i106.

Pilling M. & Gellatly, A. (2013). Task probability and report of feature information: what you know about what you 'see' depends on what you expect to need. Acta Psychologica143: 261-268

Argyropoulos, Y., Gellatly, A.R.H., Pilling, M., & Carter, W. (2013). Set size and mask duration do not interact in Object Substitution Masking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance39: 646-661

Glyn W Humphreys, Sanjay Kumar, Eun Young Yoon, Melanie Wulff, Katherine Roberts, & M J Riddoch. Attending to the possibilities of action. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society:B 368:20130059; doi:10.1098/rstb.2013.0059

Sanjay Kumar, Shobini L. Rao, B.A. Chandramouli & Shibu Pillai Reduced Contribution of Executive Functions in impaired Working Memory Performance in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Patients. (2013). Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2012.12.038.

Rathbone, C.J., & Moulin, C.J.A. (In press). Self-Images and Autobiographical Memory in Memory Impairment’ in Watson, L. and Berntsen D. (Eds.) Clinical Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Anderson, G. M.,

Anderson, G. M., Humphreys, G. W. (2013). Cueing vs. familiarity: an eye movement study of colour-form binding through stored knowledge. Journal of Vision, 13, 9, 508.

Anderson, G. M., Heinke, D., Humphreys, G. W. (2013). Top-down Guidance of Eye Movements in Conjunction Search. Vision Research, 79 (1), 36-46.

Wilmut, K. & Barnett, A. (In Press) Tailoring reach-to-grasp to intended action: the role of motor practice. Experimental Brain Research

Hyde, C., Wilmut, K., Fuelscher, I. & Williams, J. (2013) Does motor imagery ability predict reaching correction efficiency? Journal of Motor Behavior, 45(3), 259-269




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