Professor Gina Rippon


Gina Rippon

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Professor Gina Rippon is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor International.

Gina graduated from Bedford College (University of London) with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Psychology, London, and subsequently gained a PhD in Psychophysiology from Birkbeck College (University of London). In 1975, she was appointed to the newly established Department of Psychology at Warwick University, where she remained until 2000.

She then moved to Aston, initially appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, and Deputy Director of the Neurosciences Research Institute. She was appointed Head of Psychology in 2003; Associate Dean of Postgraduate Programmes in the School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS) and Deputy Head of School in 2005.  In 2008, she became Associate Dean, International Relations (LHS), in which role she visited Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan, as well as Australia and the United States. She took up her post as Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) for Aston in 2012.

Gina is Professor of Cognitive NeuroImaging in LHS, and her research interests concern the application of brain imaging techniques to the study of cognitive processes, particularly in developmental disorders such as dyslexia and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). ( Her current research in ASD involves the assessment of very early development in the autistic brain, with a focus on how neural networks develop and normal or abnormal patterns of brain connectivity develop. She is a Principal Scientist in the Aston Brain Centre and is involved in the development of a paediatric magnetoencephalography (MEG) system for the study of developmental disorders. She has served as President of the British Psychophysiology Society  (now the British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience).

Gina also has a long-standing interest in the potential misuse of advances in brain imaging techniques. She has served on 2 Government Advisory bodies on the use of polygraph for ‘lie detection’ and has also spoken and written on the misapplication of psychobiological explanations to support gender stereotypes.

Research interests

My research involves the application of brain imaging techniques, particularly electroencephalography,(EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) using cognitive neuroscience paradigms to studies of normal and abnormal cognitive processes. I am especially interested in the functional significance of variations in the frequency characteristics of cortical signals and in mapping functional connectivity between cortical areas. This work has most recently been applied to the study of Autistic Spectrum Disorders and to developmental dyslexia.

Additionally, since my arrival at Aston, I have been working with the MEG research team to explore ways of harnessing the temporal resolution of this technique to the spatial resolution possible with functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). This allows us to explore classic cognitive neuroscience problems in, for example, linguistic processing, learning and memory and affect-cognition interactions and to track the spatiotemporal dynamics of the underlying neuronal networks.


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