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I completed my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham in 2014. Under the supervision of Prof Ian Apperly and Dr Peter Hansen, my PhD thesis aimed to explore the functions of parts of the brain typically associated with Social Cognition, in particular, the ability to infer the mental causes of action (termed 'Theory of Mind'). 


I then went on to work at the University of Oxford as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof Roi Cohen Kadosh on the neurodevelopmental bases of variability in math achievement in children. This is a European Research Council funded longitudinal project in which I am still actively involved, as the lead in the neuroimaging arm of this study. You can read more about this on my Oxford page or on the study specific website


I joined Aston in 2016 as a Lecturer in Psychology where, in addition to supporting the teaching and learning in Psychology and Neuroscience, I will continue my research in cognition and the brain.


Research Interests

My research involves developing experimental paradigms that can be used to modulate specific parts of the brain, in order to better understand the functions of those brain regions. Initially working with healthy adults, I have begun teasing apart those higher-cognitive functions that support Theory of Mind, giving attention to those supporting brain networks with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS).


Please visit my Open Science Framework page for study pre-registrations, journal preprints and open access data.

Contact Details

Phone Number: 0121 204 4168
Email: c.hartwright@aston.ac.uk
Room number: SW508A

Students can make an appointment with me via WASS

External positions

Research Associate, University of Oxford

1 Nov 2014 → …


  • BF Psychology
  • Theory of Mind
  • Social Cognition
  • executive function
  • inhibition
  • social cognitive neuroscience
  • fMRI
  • sMRI

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Research Output 2012 2018

Erratum to: The Neurocognitive Architecture of Individual Differences in Math Anxiety in Typical Children (Scientific Reports, (2018), 8, 1, (8500), 10.1038/s41598-018-26912-5)

Hartwright, C. E., Looi, C. Y., Sella, F., Inuggi, A., Santos, F. H., González-Salinas, C., García Santos, J. M., Kadosh, R. C. & Fuentes, L. J., 23 Jul 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 1, 11302.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access

The Neurocognitive Architecture of Individual Differences in Math Anxiety in Typical Children

Hartwright, C., Looi, C. Y., Sella, F., Inuggi, A., Heloísa Santos, F., González-Salinas, C., García Santos, J., Cohen Kadosh, R. & Fuentes, L., 31 May 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 8500.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Short-Term Memory
Parietal Lobe

The Neurocognitive Bases of Numerical Cognition

Sella, F., Hartwright, C. & Cohen Kadosh, R., 23 Mar 2018, Stevens' Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience: Language and Thought. Vol. 3.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
information processing

When change is the only constant: The promise of longitudinal neuroimaging in understanding social anxiety disorder

Haller, S. P. W., Mills, K. L., Hartwright, C., David, A. S. & Cohen Kadosh, K., 25 May 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Longitudinal Studies
Social Phobia

Current knowledge on the role of the inferior frontal gyrus in Theory of Mind - a commentary on Schurz and Tholen (2016)

Hartwright, C., Hansen, P. C. & Apperly, I. A., 1 Dec 2016, In : Cortex. 85, p. 133-136 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Theory of Mind
Prefrontal Cortex
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