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Cognitive neuropsychology centre

The Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre was set up by the late Prof Humphreys as a flagship centre for Cognitive Neuropsychology Research and is part of the NIH Oxford Cognitive Health Clinical Research Facility.  The centre is now led by Prof Masud Husain, and houses both fundamental and translational research in neurological populations.

The CNC provides facilities for the neuropsychological assessment and treatment of neurological patients (Stroke, Parkinsons, MS, memory disorders) as well as neurologically healthy control groups. The Oxford Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre (CNC) has facilities for brain stimulation (e.g., trans-cranial magnetic stimulation, trans-cranial direct current stimulation), psychopharmacological intervention and measuring upper limb and eye movements.

Researchers in the CNC support the clinical screening of stroke patients across the Oxford region as well as experimental medicine studies into novel rehabilitation techniques. Research in our centre spans both basic and translational cognitive neuropsychology and neuroscience. 

Our basic research covers topics include: attention, action, object recognition, aspects of language processing and reading, motivation and decision making, memory and social cognition.

This work is often driven by questions raised from neuropsychological studies of individuals with acquired disorders of cognition which are then explored at functional and neuroanatomical levels using a range of techniques including psychophysics, trans-cranial magnetic stimulation, structural and functional neuroimaging (MRI, MEG and EEG), and computational modelling.

Our translational work includes: developing screening techniques for assessing cognitive problems after brain injury, the development of new care pathways for brain injured individuals which are informed by cognitive screening, and rehabilitation and drug treatment studies exploiting neural plasticity to improve cognitive function after brain injury.


Associated Groups & Labs

Cognitive Neurology Research Group

Translational Neuropsychology Group

Our team

Selected publications



    INDIREA: Individualised Diagnostics and Rehabilitation for Attentional disorders EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network October 2013 – October 2017 Collaborating partners: The University of Oxford, University Pompeu Fabre Barcelona, Copenhagen University, Trinity College Dublin, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Otto Von Guericke University Magdeburg, Brain Products Ltd.

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