Prof. Rik Henson

My primary interest concerns how the brain “remembers” things. Specifically, I use the techniques of fMRI and EEG/MEG to examine brain activity as healthy volunteers try to remember things in the laboratory, and relate these findings, via computational modelling, to the memory problems following damage in those brain regions. I am interested in the neural bases of both explicit (conscious) memory and implicit (unconscious) memory, particularly the relationship between recollection, familiarity, and priming, and the relationship between memory and (visual) perception. A deeper knowledge of these different expressions of memory is important for understanding the ubiquitous memory impairments associated with neurological damage, neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, and normal ageing.

I am an MRC Programme Leader, University of Cambridge Professor, and Deputy Director of the MRC CBU. I am also Director of the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (Cam-CAN), and President-Past of the British Neuroscience Association.