PsychologySchool of Life & Health SciencesAston UniversityBirmingham B4 7ETUK
Aston Brain Centre
My research involves the application of brain imaging techniques, particularly electroencephalography,(EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) using cognitive neuroscience paradigms to studies of normal and abnormal cognitive processes. I am especially interested in the functional significance of variations in the frequency characteristics of cortical signals and in mapping functional connectivity between cortical areas. This work has most recently been applied to the study of Autistic Spectrum Disorders and to developmental dyslexia.
Additionally, since my arrival at Aston, I have been working with the MEG research team to explore ways of harnessing the temporal resolution of this technique to the spatial resolution possible with functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). This allows us to explore classic cognitive neuroscience problems in, for example, linguistic processing, learning and memory and affect-cognition interactions and to track the spatiotemporal dynamics of the underlying neuronal networks.
Past financial support from the International Brain Research Organisation, British Psychological Society, British Academy, Wellcome Foundation, ESRC, BBSRC and Nuffield Foundation are gratefully acknowledged.
Maratos, F., Senior, C., Mogg, K., Bradley, B.P., Rippon, G. (2011) Early gamma-band activity as a function of threat processing in the extrstriate visual cortex. Cognitive Neuroscience 3:1: 62-68.
Rippon, G & Senior, C.(2010) Neuroscience Has No Role in National Security, American Journal of BioEthics: 1:2, 37-38