Dr. Tom Hartley
I am a senior lecturer in the
Department of Psychology
at the University
of York. Research
My research covers various aspects of cognition and neuroscience
The specific topics above are connected by a more general
interest in the nature of neural representations and in the way
they are organized in the human brain:
To what extent do apparently different functions rely on
Do different functions depend on anatomically discrete neural
What general principles govern functional-anatomical
organization in the human brain?
This research involves developing
models and psychological
experiments for investigating these aspects of cognition.
Experimental methods also include functional
neuroimaging and the use of virtual
reality (for presentation of large-scale environments,
spatial memory and navigation). Potential Graduate Students
I would be very interested to hear from potential graduate
students wishing to pursue projects in the areas outlined above.
I am a member and former Course Director of the York
Cognitive Neuroscience team. The programme provides students
with hands-on experience of neuroimaging methods including MEG
and fMRI. I contribute to the teaching on Basic Principles in Neuroimaging, Research Design and Analysis in Neuroimaging. I am also a member of the Brain & Behaviour strand's teaching team for our BSc Psychology degree and MPsych. I teach a block of second year lectures on "Principles of Neural Representation" and
I deliver our second year strand practical on "Association between structural MRI measures and topographical memory".
Special issue, Philosophical Transactions B of the Royal Society (co-edited with Colin Lever, Neil Burgess and John O'Keefe)
I am not claiming credit (that is for others to say!) but fellow editor John O'Keefe and contributors May-Britt and Edvard Moser won the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology later in 2014.
Proposer and Organizer: Royal Society Theo Murphy Meeting "Space in the Brain, Cells, Circuits, Codes and Cognition", 1-3 May 2013, Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire.
This video explains some of the background to the Four Mountains test used in Channel 4's Hidden Talent show:
You can find out more here, here and here.
Live national TV interview BBC Newsnight, 3rd August, 2011
Live radio interview BBC York
Organizing committee 5th International Conference on Memory (ICOM5) 31st July-5th August, 2011, University of York
Study visit: Moser Lab, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. 6th-26 April 2011
Participated in I'm A Scientist, Get Me Out of Here, a brilliant online engagement activity involving scientists and school students. I wrote about 40,000 words in answer to questions from around 400 students.
Local Organizer Experimental Psychology Society Summer Meeting July 8-10 2009, York.
Modeling Spatial Cognition Workshop Integrating methodologies and perspectives to better understand human spatial competence. Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, 14-16 May 2009.
and Spaces Workshop on using the neuroscience of
spatial behaviour to guide applications in the built environment.
International workshop. 8th - 9th March 2007, Thinklab,
University of Salford, UK. Programme.