Professor David Wilkinson
Professor of Psychology and Head of School
My main research interest is in understanding the psychological and biological bases of human cognition with a view to developing more effective therapies for individuals with brain injury. My research uses a variety of experimental approaches including normative behavioural testing, cognitive neuropsychology, brain stimulation, and neurophysiological measurement. Current research questions include:
- What is the nature of impairment in hemi-spatial neglect, prosopagnosia, and other perceptual disorders?
- To what extent do signals from the vestibular system influence how we process incoming visual information?
- Can certain aspects of cognition be enhanced via galvanic/caloric vestibular stimulation?
I would welcome students who wish to conduct research in these areas.
Follow the links below to find out more about the psychological interventions on which I am currently working:
- Using electrical stimulation to overcome visual impairment acquired through stroke
- Using vestibular stimulation to overcome face-blindness
- Using drama-based therapy to overcome the triad of Autistic impairment
- Wilkinson, D.T., Sakel, M., Camp, S.-J. et al. (2012). Patients with hemi-spatial neglect are more prone to limb spasticity, but this does not prolong their hospital stay. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (in press).
- Wilkinson, D., Guinote, A., Weick, M., Molinari, R., & Graham, K. (2010). Feeling socially powerless makes you more prone to bumping into things on the right and induces leftward line bisection error. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 910-914.
- Wilkinson, D., Ko, Wiriadjaja, A., Kilduff, P., McGlinchey, R., & Milberg, W.P. (2009). Unilateral damage to the right cerebral hemisphere disrupts the apprehension of whole faces and their component parts. Neuropsychologia, 47, 1701-11.
- Wilkinson, D.T., Ko, P., McGlinchey, G. et al. (2008). Impaired search for orientation but not color in hemi-spatial neglect. Cortex, 44, 68-78.