Cohen Kadosh Lab
We conduct research on the psychological and biological factors that shape learning and cognitive achievement, numerical cognition, synaesthesia, and time perception. Our research has basic and translational implications and has won us numerous awards and recognition
Founded in 2009
Integrating knowledge from psychology, education & neuroscience
Advancing basic & translational research
Our work focuses on understanding the cognitive architectures and neural mechanisms that subserve human abilities to perceive, represent, learn, and manipulate mathematical information. Specifically, we investigate the cognitive and biological factors that determine mathematical achievements across the life span (i.e., from early childhood to old age), as well as in participants with exceptional, average, or low mathematical abilities, and those with mathematical learning disabilities and anxiety.
It is not a science fiction, it is already real and it will be a critical part of our future.- Stephen Hawking, discussing our research
In our work, we combine cognitive theories and methods with neuroscientific tools such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, near infrared spectroscopy, and electroencephalography. Such an integrative investigation of the relationship between cognition and brain is an endeavour with broad implications for basic science and can greatly inform the development of evidence-based methods for improving human cognition and brain functions.
Consequently, another focus of our work involves exploring more applied approaches, such as using non-invasive brain stimulation techniques to modulate neuronal excitability in well-defined cortical regions during cognitive training. We have shown that this approach allows us to experimentally modulate neuroplasticity and improve learning and subsequent cognitive performance. Aside from its theoretical implications, our research has: 1) a clear translational impact, as evidenced by the national and international patents in this field and our work with industrial partners on exploring possible venues for commercial implementation; and 2) societal and ethical implications which we are exploring with neuroethicists. This unique multidisciplinary research has been recognized by a number of awards for originality, creativity, and theoretical contribution in the fields of psychology and neuroscience.
- Wellcome Trust
- Leverhulme Trust
- The British Academy
- European Commission
- Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
- Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
Participating & questions
If you are interested in participating in our studies and/or you have an questions about our research please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, stating in the subject section either 'Experiment' or 'Q&A'.
Prospective graduate students and postdocs who are interested in applying to join the lab may contact Dr Roi Cohen Kadosh, by email, at email@example.com.
Cohen Kadosh Lab News
- Horizon magazine covers our research on mathematical learning disabilities
- Amar Sarkar and Roi Cohen Kadosh talk about the limitations of using brain stimulation for cognitive enhancement
- Congratulations to Shraddha Kaur!
- Amar Sarkar speaks to the public at the Science Museum
- Roi speaks to the Science Museum about electrical brain stimulation
- Cohen Kadosh lab visits the Science Museum for the 'Upgraded' festival
- Roi Cohen Kadosh and Francesco Sella appear in a Sky News film about human enhancement
- Roi Cohen Kadosh interviewed by The Economist on electrical brain stimulation
- New lab publications!
- Congratulations to Ruairidh Battleday
The book 'The Stimulated Brain' by Roi Cohen Kadosh Wins the PROSE Award
- Congratulations and farewell to Tudor Popescu and Jackie Thompson!
Three post-doctoral researchers join the lab
- Roi Cohen Kadosh talks to BBC News about transcranial electrical stimulation and the dangers of its unregulated commercial use
- Roi Cohen Kadosh awarded James S McDonnell Scholar Award
- Jim Al-Khalili comes to the Cohen Kadosh Lab as part of Stephen Hawking's 'Science of the Future' series
- Roi Cohen Kadosh wins BPS Spearman Medal