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Professor Ian Robertson

Professor (Psychology)

Head of School (Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN))
Head of School (School Office - Psychology)

Ian Robertson is Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and was the founding Director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. Previously a senior scientist at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, where he was also a fellow at Hughes Hall, Ian Robertson continues to be a Visiting Professor at University College London, University of Wales at Bangor and is a Visiting Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto. A graduate of Glasgow University, he gained his Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of London. His research focusses on the neuropsychology of brain rehabilitation and attention: he has more than 200 published books and articles in this field. A former science writer for the London Times, his multiply-translated popular science books are Mind Sculpture and the Mind's Eye.
  Attention   Awareness   Closed Head-Injury   Executive function   Frontal lobes   Hemispatial neglect   Neuropsychology   Plasticity   Rehabilitation
 Relationship between Genotype and Phenotype in Child and Adolescent ADHD: A genetic association study using neuropsychological performance and task-related brain activation as potential endophenotypes
 Neuroenhancement for Inequalities in Elder Lives
 Self Alert Training for Adults with Attentional Deficits
 The short and long range dynamics of attention
 TCIN Research Consortium on Neurodegeneration

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Member of the Wellcome Trust Neuroscience Panel 2006-9
Founding Editor Neurocase, Oxford University Press. 1994-1997
Deputy Editor Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 1990-1997
Member of Editorial Board of Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. 1997 - Present
Member of Research Grants Committee, UK Stroke Association. 1994-1997
Member of the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences 2000-2004
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Member of the Royal Irish Academy 2004 2004
Member of the Council of the World Federation for Neurological Rehabilitation. 2002 Present
Member of the Advisory Council, International Association for the Study of Attention and Performance 1999 Present
Academy of Medical Sciences Working Group on the interface between basic and clinical neuroscience 2002 2003
Connecting clinical and experimental investigations of awareness in traumatic brain injury in, Handbook of Clinical Neurology, Elsevier, 2015, 511-524 , [Dockree, P.M. O'Connell, R.G. Robertson, I.H.], Notes: [Chapter 32], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Salomone, S. Fleming, G.R. Shanahan, J.M. Castorina, M. Bramham, J. O'connell, R.G. Robertson, I.H., The effects of a self-alert training (SAT) program in adults with ADHD, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 2015, p45-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Robertson, IH, A right hemisphere role in cognitive reserve, Neurobiology of Aging, 2014, Notes: [Epub ahead of print], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Harty, S, Robertson IH, Miniussi, C, Sheehy OC, Devine, CA, McCreery S, & O'Connell, RG, Transcranial direct current stimulation over right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex enhances error awareness in older age, Journal of Neuroscience, 2014, p3646 - 3652, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Ham, T, Bonnelle, V, Hellyer, P, Jilka, S, Robertson, IH, Leech, R, & Sharp, D, The neural basis of impaired self-awareness after traumatic brain injury, Brain, 137, (2), 2014, p586 - 597, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Murphy PR, O'Connell RG, O'Sullivan M, Robertson IH, Balsters JH, Pupil diameter covaries with BOLD activity in human locus coeruleus., Human brain mapping, 35, (8), 2014, p4140-4154 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kelly, Michelle E. Loughrey, David Lawlor, Brian A. Robertson, Ian H. Walsh, Cathal Brennan, Sabina, The Impact of Cognitive Training and Mental Stimulation on Cognitive and Everyday Functioning of Healthy Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Ageing Research Reviews, 2014, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Di Rosa, E, Hannigan, C, Brennan, S, Reilly, R, Rapcan, V, Robertson, IH, Reliability and validity of the Automatic Cognitive Assessment Delivery (ACAD), Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6, 2014, p34-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Halloran, A.M., Finucane, C., Savva, G.M., Robertson, I.H., Kenny, R.A. , Sustained attention and frailty in the older adult population, Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 69, (2), 2014, p147-156 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Robertson IH, A noradrenergic theory of cognitive reserve: Implications for Alzheimer's disease, Neurobiology of Aging, 34, 2013, p298 - 308, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Robertson, IH, Keynote Address, Danish Association of Neuropsychology, September , 2007, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Robertson, IH, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, March, 2007, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Robertson, IH, Keynote Address, Association of Medical Neurology, Duesseldorf., May , 2007, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Robertson, IH, American Society for Rehabilitation,, Washington, October, 2007, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Robertson, IH, Keynote Address, Italian Association for Neurorehabilitation, Ferrara, November, 2006, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Robertson, IH, World Congress on Neurological Rehabilitation, Hong Kong, February, 2006, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Robertson, IH, British Neuropsychological Society meeting, Cambridge., March, 2006, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Robertson, IH, Keynote Address, British Psychological Society's Psychobiology Section,, Windermere, UK., September, 2005, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Robertson, IH, Dutch EndoNeuroPsycho conference, Doorwerth, Netherlands., June, 2005, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Robertson, IH, Keynote Address, Rotman Annual Conference, University of Toronto., March, 2005, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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Irv Acenberg Scientist Award from the University of Toronto, Rotman Research Institute 2002
Fellow, Hughes Hall College, Cambridge. 1997 - 1999
Medical Research Council Travelling Fellow, University of Rome, Italy 1989-1990
neuropsychology,biomarkers, alzheimer's disease, ageing, cognitive function, eeg