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Professor Gina Rippon

Pro-Vice Chancellor (International)

Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging

Psychology
School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
Birmingham
B4 7ET
UK

email: G.Rippon@aston.ac.uk
telephone:
+44 (0) 121 204 4080
fax:
+44 (0) 121 204 4090

Research Group
Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research Centre

Aston Brain Centre

Gina Rippon
  • 2007 to 2010 - Associate Dean, Postgraduate Taught Programmes, International Relations and Marketing, Aston University
  • 2005 – 2007 - Deputy Head of School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University
    - Director, Postgraduate Taught Programmes
  • 2003-2005 - Head of Psychology Group, Aston University
  • 2001-2005 - Deputy Director, Neurosciences Research Institute Aston University
  • 2000 to date -Senior Lecturer on the Psychology Teaching Programme Aston University
  • 2000 (Jan-July) Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Human Sciences, DERA, Farnborough
  • 1999 (Nov/Dec) Visiting Research Fellow, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  • 1993-2000 - Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences,
    Imperial College School of Medicine, London.
  • 1991-1996 - Consultant. APRE, Farnborough. Programme –‘Neurophysiological Correlates of Performance’
  • 1984-1985 - Honorary Research Fellow- Neurosciences Unit, Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry
  • 1975 – 2000 – Lecturer in Psychology, University of Warwick

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.

  • Cortical connectivity in autistic spectrum disorders
  • Cortical mapping of motivation/cognition interactions
  • Cortical correlates of emotional face processing (with Southampton)
  • Cortical mapping of functional dissociations in linguistic processes
  • Functional significance of variations in theta (4-7Hz) in memory processes
  • Functional significance of variations in gamma (30-60 Hz) in perceptual processes
  • Abnormal lateralisation in schizophrenia
  • Electrodermal indices of limbic system function
  • Psychophysiological lateralisation
  • Autonomic/Central Nervous System interfaces
  • Psychophysiological sequelae of unilateral brain injury
  • Application of psychophysiological and neuropsychological techniques to early identification of developmental reading disorders.
  • Electrophysiological investigations of affect-cognition interactions.
  • Cortical correlates of human performance

Past financial support from the International Brain Research Organisation, British Psychological Society, British Academy, Wellcome Foundation, ESRC, BBSRC and Nuffield Foundation are gratefully acknowledged.

  • 2007 Invited member of Scientific Committee of International Organisation of Psychophysiology World Congress, St Petersburg, 2007
  • 2005. Co-organiser of International methods in Mind conference.
  • 2003-2004. Member by invitation of British Psychological Society Government Advisory Group to prepare a policy document on the use of polygraphic techniques in the UK public and private sectors.
  • 2002. UK representative on Scientific Committee of International Organisation of Psychophysiology World Congress, Montreal
  • 2001 – present :Committee member , British Psychophysiology Society/British Assn of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 1998 – 2001 President, British Psychophysiology Society.
  • 2000 (Jan. – Mar.) Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Human Sciences, DERA, Farnborough.
  • 1999 (Nov.) Visiting Research Fellow, Dept. of Affective Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • 1994 British Representative, Standing Conference Committee - 2nd European Congress of Psychophysiology, Barcelona 1994
  • 1991 Invited speaker, NATO Advanced Research Workshop, Lille, France.
  • 1991 1995:Treasurer - British Psychophysiology Society
  • 1988-1991:Treasurer and Membership Secretary - British Psychophysiology Society.
  • 1986 Member of BPS Working Group on the Use of the Polygraph in Criminal Investigation and Personnel Screening
  • 1985 Convenor of British Psychophysiology Society Working Party on Use of Polygraph for 'Detection of Deception'.
  • 2007 Change Academy Team (Funded by the HEA and the Leadership Foundation) ‘Planning institutional change to promote regional regeneration’
  • 2000-2007 University Committees (Aston) University Senate- 2 years. University Council – 4 years. Academic Planning and Resources – 2 years. Quality and Standards Committee – 2 years. PG Programmes Management Committee – 2 years. School Board – 6 years. School Research Committee- 4 years. School Teaching Committee – 2 years.
  • 1990-1995: Associate Editor, J. of Psychophysiology.
  • 1990-current: Editorial Board - International Journal of Psychophysiology.
  • 1995-current. British representative, Editorial Board - J. of Psychophysiology

Recent Publications