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Research Interests

My core research examines spatial cognition and behaviour, with a focus on understanding the learning and memory processes involved in navigation, and their neural substrates. Here, I use virtual environments to test navigational ability using novel behavioural procedures, and also paradigms that are reverse-translated from rodent studies. Additionally, I am also interested in understanding the developmental trajectory of navigational abilities, as well as characterising how spatial abilities are attenuated in neurological conditions and developmental disorders. Finally, I have recently become interested in how spatial representations - particularly of boundaries - exert control over how we remember events that happened in the past.

Funding Applications and Awards

British Academy/Leverhulme small research grant (SRG2021\211115). Psychological processes and spatial representations modulating habitual and goal-directed navigation.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Member of the Experimental Psychology Society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


PhD. (2015). University of Nottingham.

MSc. (2011) University of Nottingham

BSc. (2010) Durham University

Contact Details

Email: m.buckley@aston.ac.uk

External positions

Honorary Fellow, Durham Psychology



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