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Research Interests

Cognitive Neuroscience and EEG

Hans Berger is often quoted as saying that he hoped EEG would become a ‘window on the mind’. We’re still waiting for that dream to come true but my main research interest is in trying to make it happen. A recent account of my research interests is available on You Tube From rhythms in the brain to the music of the mind

Reading and Dyslexia

My second area of interest is in Reading and Dyslexia developed over the last 10 years, through working with Dr Laura Shapiro, Professor Joel Talcott and Dr Caroline Witton on the EPSRC-funded Aston Literacy Project and its successor the Nuffield-funded Reading And Vocabularly Project. My contribution has been mostly on the Structural Equation Modelling of the data although I've recently been focussing on how best to describe individual children’s cognitive developmental trajectories using Growth Curve Modelling.

Statistics and Data Analysis

More generally, I'm good with statistics and data analysis and over the years I’ve built up a broad expertise in dealing with difficult and unusual problems in quantitative psychology. If you have an unusual or challenging statistical problem that can't be tackled using standard methods, then I might be able to help.

Teaching Activity

  • Introduction to Psychology (PY1129)

  • Abnormal Psychology (PY1133)

  • Research Methods and Advanced Statistics (PY2244)
  • Psychosis (PY3129)

  • Advanced EEG and MEG Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience (PY4095)


  • BA(Hons) in Experimental Psychology, St Catherine's College, Oxford, President of the Junior Common Room

  • MSc in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey

  • PhD in Psychology, London University

  • Basic Grade Clinical Psychologist, Adult and Neuropsychology Services, Charing Cross Hospital (1987-1989) 

  • Research Officer, Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School (1989-1991) 

  • Lecturer in Psychology as Applied to Medicine, Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School Honorary 

  • Senior Clinical Psychologist, Riverside Mental Health Trust (1991-1998) 

  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology as Applied to Medicine, Imperial College London (1998-2005)

  • Professor of Psychology, Swansea University (2005-2008) and Head of Department of Psychology & Deputy Head of School of Human Sciences (2007-2008)

  • Head of Psychology Aston University (2008-2012) 

  • Professor Psychology, Aston University (2008-present)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience (Formerly British Psychophysiological Society) -1995 to present

    • President (2002-2007)

    • Treasurer and Membership Secretary (1995-2002)

  • British Psychological Society

    • Associate Fellow

    • Chartered Clinical Psychologist Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology

    • Practitioner Member of the Division of Neuropsychology

    • Member of the Mathematical, Statistical and Computing Special Interest Group

  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Contact Details

Room: SW 612B
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 4054
Fax: +44 (0)121 204 4090

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of London

MSc, University of Surrey



  • BF Psychology
  • Psychology

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Research Output 1990 2019

Open Access
Fourier Analysis
Evoked Potentials

A 10 year case study on the changing determinants of University student satisfaction in the UK

Burgess, A. P., Senior, C. & Moores, E., 23 Feb 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 2, e0192976.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
college students
case studies
higher education

From Subtypes to Taxons: Identifying Distinctive Profiles of Reading Development in Children

Burgess, A. P., Witton, C., Shapiro, L. & Talcott, J. B., 28 Jul 2018, Reading and Dyslexia. Springer, p. 207-227 Chapter 11. (Reading and Dyslexia; vol. 16).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Phase-amplitude coupled persistent theta and gamma oscillations in rat primary motor cortex in vitro

Johnson, N. W., Özkan, M., Burgess, A. P., Prokic, E. J., Wafford, K. A., O'Neill, M. J., Greenhill, S. D., Stanford, I. M. & Woodhall, G. L., Jun 2017, In : Neuropharmacology. 119, p. 141–156 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Motor Cortex
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Excitatory Amino Acid Antagonists


Neural representation of social, monetary and chocolate reinforcer processing

Author: Zhu, J., 1 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Longe, O. (Supervisor), Thai-Goodson, N. J. (Supervisor) & Burgess, A. P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Adrian Burgess (Recipient), 26 May 2017

Prize: Election to learned society

social science

Press / Media

Pitfalls When Scanning Two Brains In Synchrony by Neuroskeptic

Adrian Burgess


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Pitfalls When Scanning Two Brains In Synchrony

Adrian Burgess


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research