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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: SW614

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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