Advisory Board and Editors Cognitive Disorders

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Bernard J Baars

Bernard J. Baars (born 1946, Amsterdam) is a former Senior Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, CA., directed by the late Gerald M. Edelman. Baars is currently an Affiliated Fellow.

He is best known as the originator of Global Workspace Theory (GWT), an empirical theory of human cognition and consciousness, developed with Stan Franklin as a computational architecture. A number of neuroscience groups in the US and Europe are pursuing this approach, including Stanislas Dehaene in Paris and Nikos Logothetis at the Max Planck Institute, Tuebingen. "Consciousness science" is now an established field, with a large brain and psychological literature.

In 2013, a major update called Dynamic Global Workspace Theory (D-GWT) appeared. (Baars, Franklin & Ramsoy, 2013, Frontiers). This work proceeds.

Baars served as a professor of psychology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where he studied laboratory-evoked human errors. The same factors plausibly cause spontaneous errors as well, a significant practical as well as scientific problem. Involuntary errors are directly relevant to the basic question of voluntary control.

Baars co-founded the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and the Elsevier journal Consciousness & Cognition, with William P. Banks.

Please see my 2015 article on Consciousness in Scholarpedia, summarizing the empirical evidence (which is often said not to exist... !).

Kevin J. Black

I am a movement disorders neuropsychiatrist. My research is primarily focused on neuroimaging and dopamine, especially in people with Tourette syndrome and Parkinson disease. I have also developed methods for structural imaging volumetry, analysis of brain images in nonhuman species, pharmacological fMRI (phMRI), and statistical analysis of anatomy-function relationships in deep brain stimulation (DBS).

Anna M. Borghi

Interested in: Perception and action - Affordances - Social and relational affordances; Language grounding in sensorimotor processes; Impact of language on categorization and sense of body; Categorization and conceptualization. Using mostly experimental laboratory methods (behavioral and kinematics studies), but also computer simulations (neural networks).

Caroline Brennan

I did my PhD at King's College London in the Lab of Prof J.M. Littleton working on adaptive mechanisms underlying drug dependence. I demonstrated adaptive changes in the number of DHP sensitive VOCC following chronic exposure to central depressant drugs and showed that these changes were associated with genetic vulnerability to drug dependence.

I undertook post-doc training at the Clinical Research Centre Harrow, UK before joining the laboratory of Prof Nigel Holder at The Randall Institute, KCL and moving with him to UCL in 1998. Whilst at KCL and UCL I used zebrafish as a genetic model system for analysis of mechanisms underlying development.

Since 2000, I have been a Lecturer in Molecular Genetics in the School of Biological Sciences QMUL. Our work combines the two areas of my expertise: Molecular mechanisms underlying drug dependence and zebrafish as a developmental genetic model system. We have developed behavioural assays of drug seeking, compulsive drug seeking and relapse in zebrafish and are establishing lines of fish in which to explore the genetics contributing to these behaviours.

Luciano Fadiga

M.D., Ph.D. He has a deep knowledge of and experience in electrophysiology in monkeys (single neurons recordings) and humans (transcranial magnetic stimulation, study of spinal excitability and brain imaging). His current research include the study of the relationships between action and language and the realization of brain-computer interfaces specifically designed for human use.

Beth Fairfield

Since completing my Ph.D. in Italy in Psychology my research interests have centered on Memory and Aging, emotion and cognition, binding and Source monitoring. I am currently a researcher at the University of Chieti, Italy where I teach Cognitive Psychology and Psychology of memory and aging.

Claire M. Fletcher-Flinn

Claire Fletcher-Flinn has more than 24 years of experience as a university researcher and teacher, and is a registered Educational Psychologist. Her research interests include the processes of learning to read, early literacy, and dyslexia. She was awarded a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, and was the recipient of a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitation Fellowship.

Tamas Fulop

Dr. Tamàs Fülöp is Assistant Director of the Age Research Centre and Full Professor within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada. He is also Head of the Immune Inflammation Laboratory and Medical Director of the Memory Clinic.

M.D: From the Unversity of Geneva.

His postdoctoral research was in the biochemistry of connective tissues, and his PhD is in immunology and gerontology. His research interest is aging in relation to immunity.

Diane P Hanger

Reader in Neuroscience at King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Beth Jefferies

Beth is a Professor of Psychology at the University of York, UK. Her research seeks to understand the neural basis of semantic cognition and language, and disorders affecting these aspects of cognition. She uses multiple neuroscientific methods, including neuropsychology, neuroimaging (MEG, fMRI) and brain stimulation to investigate how concepts are represented and flexibly retrieved.

Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology (2004)
Elizabeth Warrington Prize - British Neuropsychological Society (2008)
Cortex Prize - Federation of European Societies of Neuropsychology (2010)

Nicoletta Landsberger

N Landsberger is associate professor in Molecular Biology at the University of Insubria (Italy).

Even though her previous research domain was in chromatin structure and gene transcription, actually the research activity supervised by N.L. is exclusively dedicated to MECP2 and CDKL5 related disorders, focusing on the molecular roles of the two proteins, the signaling pathways controlling their activity, the identification of target genes and the development of novel cellular and animal models.

Isabelle Mansuy

Isabelle Mansuy is Professor in Neuroepigenetics at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zürich (UZH) & the Department of Health Science and Technology of the ETHZ.

Dr. Mansuy is a member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Science, the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC), the Research Council of the Swiss National Foundation, of the Research Council of the Fyssen Foundation and of EMBO, and is elected Knight of the Legion of Honour in France after being elected Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite in 2011. She is acting in multiple review boards including the European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, CNRS, etc. She is chief co-editor of BioMolecular Concepts, and member of the editorial board of Hippocampus, Neurobiology of Diseases, Frontiers in Behavioral Neurosciences, Biology of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and Frontiers in Epigenomics. She co-authored several reviews and books in the field of molecular cognition and neuroepigenetics.