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Professor Ian Robertson

Adjunct Professor (Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN))

Fellow Emeritus (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
Brosnan MB, Dockree PM, Harty S, Pearce DJ, Levenstein JM, Gillebert CR, Bellgrove MA, O'Connell RG, Robertson IH, Demeyere N., Lost in Time: Temporal Monitoring Elicits Clinical Decrements in Sustained Attention Post-Stroke., Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS, 2022, p249-257 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Machida, K. and Barry, E. and Mulligan, A. and Gill, M. and Robertson, I.H. and Lewis, F.C. and Green, B. and Kelly, S.P. and Bellgrove, M.A. and Johnson, K.A., Which Measures From a Sustained Attention Task Best Predict ADHD Group Membership?, Journal of Attention Disorders, 2022, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Smith, E. and Ali, D. and Wilkerson, B. and Dawson, W.D. and Sobowale, K. and Reynolds, C. and Berk, M. and Lavretsky, H. and Jeste, D. and Ng, C.H. and Soares, J.C. and Aragam, G. and Wainer, Z. and Manji, H.K. and Licinio, J. and Lo, A.W. and Storch, E. and Fu, E. and Leboyer, M. and Tarnanas, I. and Ibanez, A. and Manes, F. and Caddick, S. and Fillit, H. and Abbott, R. and Robertson, I.H. and Chapman, S.B. and Au, R. and Altimus, C.M. and Hynes, W. and Brannelly, P. and Cummings, J. and Eyre, H.A., A Brain Capital Grand Strategy: toward economic reimagination, Molecular Psychiatry, 26, (1), 2021, p3-22 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Boyle R, Knight SP, De Looze C, Carey D, Scarlett S, Stern Y, Robertson IH, Kenny RA, Whelan R., Verbal intelligence is a more robust cross-sectional measure of cognitive reserve than level of education in healthy older adults., Alzheimer's research & therapy, 13, (1), 2021, p128 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Melnychuk, M.C. and Robertson, I.H. and Plini, E.R.G. and Dockree, P.M., A bridge between the breath and the brain: Synchronization of respiration, a pupillometric marker of the locus coeruleus, and an eeg marker of attentional control state, Brain Sciences, 11, (10), 2021, Notes: [cited By 2], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Plini ERG, O'Hanlon E, Boyle R, Sibilia F, Rikhye G, Kenney J, Whelan R, Melnychuk MC, Robertson IH, Dockree PM., Examining the Role of the Noradrenergic Locus Coeruleus for Predicting Attention and Brain Maintenance in Healthy Old Age and Disease: An MRI Structural Study for the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative., Cells, 10, (7), 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Sven Vanneste, Alison Luckey, S. Lauren McLeod, Ian H. Robertson, Wing Ting To, Impaired posterior cingulate cortex"parahippocampus connectivity is associated with episodic memory retrieval problems in amnestic mild cognitive impairment, European Journal of Neuroscience, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Chapman, S.B. and Fratantoni, J.M. and Robertson, I.H. and D'Esposito, M. and Ling, G.S.F. and Zientz, J. and Vernon, S. and Venza, E. and Cook, L.G. and Tate, A. and Spence, J.S., A Novel BrainHealth Index Prototype Improved by Telehealth-Delivered Training During COVID-19, Frontiers in Public Health, 9, (641754), 2021, Notes: [cited By 2], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Luckey AM, Robertson IH, Lawlor B, Mohan A, Vanneste S, Sex Differences in Locus Coeruleus: A Heuristic Approach That May Explain the Increased Risk of Alzheimer's Disease in Females., Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Rory Boyle, Lee Jollans, Laura M. Rueda-Delgado, Rossella Rizzo, Görsev G. Yener, Jason P. McMorrow, Silvin P. Knight, Daniel Carey, Ian H. Robertson, Derya D. Emek-Savaş, Yaakov Stern, Rose Anne Kenny, Robert Whelan, Brain-predicted age difference score is related to specific cognitive functions: a multi-site replication analysis, Brain Imaging and Behavior, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL

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Preface in, editor(s)Jager, Sake Kurek, Malgorzata O'Rourke, Breffni , New directions in telecollaborative research and practice: selected papers from the second conference on telecollaboration in higher education, Dublin,, 2016, ppxxv - xxviii, [O'Rourke, Breffni], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
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
Joanne Cunningham Mary Coffey Tommy Knöös Ola Holmberg , Introduction to ROSIS, 2006, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Robertson, IH, Keynote Address, British Psychological Society's Psychobiology Section,, Windermere, UK., September, 2005, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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Award Date
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