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College Photo Name Robertson, Ian H
College Address Psychiatry,
Trinity Centre, S J H
Main Department Psychology
College Title Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 2684
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.
Professional Qualifications
Qualification Institution Class of Degree Title of Dissertation Date Conferred
BSc (Hons) in Psychology University of Glasgow     1973
MPhil in Clinical Psychology Institute of Psychiatry, University of London     1978
PhD in Neuropsychology University of London     1988
MRIA     2004
FBPsS     1989
Details Date
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
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
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
Awards and Honours
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
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German Fluent Medium Fluent
Italian Fluent Medium Medium
Research Institutes / Centres / Groups
Research Institutes / Centres / Groups Description of Role Date From Date To
Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN) 15-JUL-06 15-JUL-06
Employment Details
Position Held Job Description Where Date From Date To
1. Professor of Psychology and Director, Institute of Neuroscience   Trinity College Dublin, Ireland current
Visiting Professor   Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College, London current
Visiting Professor   Dept of Psychology, University of Wales at Bangor current
Visiting Scientist Rotman Research Institute,Baycrest Centre,Toronto, Canada current
Professor of Psychology   Trinity College Dublin, Director, Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience 1999 -present
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Description of Research Interests
neuropsychology,biomarkers, alzheimer's disease, ageing, cognitive function, eeg
Research Interests
Attention Awareness Closed Head-Injury Executive function
Frontal lobes Hemispatial neglect Neuropsychology Plasticity
Research Projects
Project title 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
Funding Agency Science Foundation Ireland
Programme Investigator Award
Type of Project
Date from May 2004
Date to May 2008
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Project title Neuroenhancement for Inequalities in Elder Lives
Funding Agency Atlantic Philanthropies
Type of Project
Date from 1st September 2009
Date to 31 August 2014
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Project title Self Alert Training for Adults with Attentional Deficits
Funding Agency Health Research Board
Programme Health Research Award
Type of Project
Date from March 2010
Date to March 2013
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Project title The short and long range dynamics of attention
Funding Agency IRCHSS/European Science Foundation
Type of Project
Date from 2007
Date to 2010
Person Months

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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Greene CM, Bellgrove MA, Gill M, Robertson IH, Noradrenergic genotype predicts lapses in sustained attention, Neuropsychologia, 47, (2), 2009, p591 - 594
Magno E, Simo˜es-Franklin C, Robertson IH Garavan H, The Role of the Dorsal Anterior Cingulate in Evaluating Behavior for Achieving Gains and Avoiding Losses, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, (12), 2009, p2328-2342
Dockree P, Kelly SP, Foxe JF, Reilly RB and Robertson IH, Optimal sustained attention is linked to the spectral content of background EEG activity: Greater ongoing tonic alpha (~10Hz) power supports successful phasic goal activation, European Journal of Neuroscience, 25, (3), 2007, p900 - 907
Notes: [PMID: 17328783]
Dockree PM, X O’Keeffe FM, Moloney, P, Carton, S, Jacoby, LL and Robertson IH, Capture by misleading information and its false acceptance in patients with traumatic brain injury, Brain, 129, (Part 1), 2006, p128 - 140
Vigilant Attention in, editor(s)Gazzaniga, M. S. , The Cognitive Neurosciences, MIT Press, 2004, pp563 - 578, [Robertson, IH and Garavan, H ]
Notes: [3rd edition. Michael S. Gazzaniga Editor-in-Chief. November 2004]
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