• Psychology
  • Research Focus


  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Conscious Status
  • Consciousness
  • Disorders Of Consciousness
  • Attention
  • Working Memory
  • Neuroimaging
  • fMRI
  • MEG
  • Sleep
  • Information Theory
  • Clinical Conditions

  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Equipment & Techniques

  • Behavioural analysis
  • Computational modelling
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Signal processing
  • Statistical analysis
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    Dr Daniel Bor

    University Position
    Visiting Scientist
    Dr Daniel Bor is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


    My lab primarily explores brain-scanning data with mathematical tools (especially information theory) to research a range of basic and clinical science questions. From a clinical science perspective, we are interested in how the brain changes in old age and dementia, and what can be done to slow these negative effects. From a basic science perspective, we are particularly interested in how the brain generates consciousness. My previous research areas have included consciousness, working memory, attention, intelligence, strategic processing and chunking in the normal population, as well as those with focal brain damage, synaesthesia, Asperger Syndrome and savants. I've largely explored these issues using a range of neuroimaging techniques, including fMRI, PET and TMS and have been particularly interested in the function of the prefrontal and parietal cortices. I have used cognitive training, both as an experimental tool to simulate synaesthesia in those without this condition, and as a potentially clinical tool, to raise cognition, either in the normal population, or to halt cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease.

    Key Publications

    Reconciling emergences: An information-theoretic approach to identify causal emergence in multivariate data.

    Journal: PLoS Comput Biol
    E-pub date: 1 Dec 2020
    Authors: FE Rosas, PAM Mediano, HJ Jensen, AK Seth, AB Barrett, RL Carhart-Harris, D Bor

    Encoding strategies dissociate prefrontal activity from working memory demand.

    Journal: Neuron
    E-pub date: 23 Jan 2003
    Authors: D Bor, J Duncan, RJ Wiseman, AM Owen


    Decomposing Spectral and Phasic Differences in Nonlinear Features between Datasets.

    Journal: Phys Rev Lett
    E-pub date: 17 Sep 2021
    Authors: PAM Mediano, FE Rosas, AB Barrett, D Bor

    Paths to Oblivion: Common Neural Mechanisms of Anaesthesia and Disorders of Consciousness

    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2021
    Authors: A Luppi, PAM Mediano, F Rosas, J Allanson, J Pickard, G Williams, M Craig, P Finoia, ARD Peattie, P Coppola, A Owen, L Naci, D Menon, D Bor, E Stamatakis

    What it is like to be a bit: an integrated information decomposition account of emergent mental phenomena.

    Journal: Neurosci Conscious
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2021
    Authors: AI Luppi, PAM Mediano, FE Rosas, DJ Harrison, RL Carhart-Harris, D Bor, EA Stamatakis

    Fluctuations in Neural Complexity During Wakefulness Relate To Conscious Level and Cognition

    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2021
    Authors: PAM Mediano, A Ikkala, R Kievit, S Jagannathan, T Varley, E Stamatakis, T Bekinschtein, D Bor

    Ketamine and sleep modulate neural complexity dynamics in cats

    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2021
    Authors: C Pascovich, S Castro-Zaballa, PAM Mediano, D Bor, A Canales-Johnson, P Torterolo, T Bekinschtein

    Extensive Phenomenological Overlap between Induced and Naturally-Occurring Synaesthetic Experiences

    E-pub date: 4 Aug 2020
    Authors: D Schwartzman, A Oblak, N Rothen, D Bor, A Seth

    A synergistic core for human brain evolution and cognition

    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2020
    Authors: A Luppi, PAM Mediano, F Rosas, N Holland, T Fryer, J O’Brien, J Rowe, D Menon, D Bor, E Stamatakis

    A Synergistic Workspace for Human Consciousness Revealed by Integrated Information Decomposition

    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2020
    Authors: A Luppi, PAM Mediano, F Rosas, J Allanson, J Pickard, R Carhart-Harris, G Williams, M Craig, P Finoia, A Owen, L Naci, D Menon, D Bor, E Stamatakis

    Effects of external stimulation on psychedelic state neurodynamics

    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2020
    Authors: PAM Mediano, F Rosas, C Timmermann, L Roseman, D Nutt, A Feilding, M Kaelen, M Kringelbach, A Barrett, A Seth, S Muthukumaraswamy, D Bor, R Carhart-Harris

    Neurophenomenology of induced and natural synaesthesia.

    Journal: Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci
    E-pub date: 9 Dec 2019
    Authors: DJ Schwartzman, D Bor, N Rothen, AK Seth

    The importance of sustained attention in early Alzheimer’s disease.

    Journal: Int J Geriatr Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 31 Aug 2017
    Authors: JD Huntley, A Hampshire, D Bor, AM Owen, RJ Howard

    Adaptive working memory strategy training in early Alzheimer’s disease: randomised controlled trial.

    Journal: Br J Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 1 Jan 2017
    Authors: JD Huntley, A Hampshire, D Bor, A Owen, RJ Howard

    Automaticity and localisation of concurrents predicts colour area activity in grapheme-colour synaesthesia.

    Journal: Neuropsychologia
    E-pub date: 29 Jul 2016
    Authors: CD Gould van Praag, S Garfinkel, J Ward, D Bor, AK Seth

    The role of executive processes in working memory deficits in Parkinson’s Disease

    Journal: Polish Psychological Bulletin
    E-pub date: 1 Apr 2016
    Authors: A Gruszka, D Bor, RR Barker, E Necka, AM Owen

    Blind insight: metacognitive discrimination despite chance task performance.

    Journal: Psychol Sci
    E-pub date: 1 Dec 2014
    Authors: RB Scott, Z Dienes, AB Barrett, D Bor, AK Seth

    Adults can be trained to acquire synesthetic experiences.

    Journal: Sci Rep
    E-pub date: 18 Nov 2014
    Authors: D Bor, N Rothen, DJ Schwartzman, S Clayton, AK Seth

    Global increase in task-related fronto-parietal activity after focal frontal lobe lesion.

    Journal: J Cogn Neurosci
    E-pub date: 1 Sep 2013
    Authors: A Woolgar, D Bor, J Duncan

    A potential spatial working memory training task to improve both episodic memory and fluid intelligence.

    Journal: PLoS One
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2012
    Authors: SR Rudebeck, D Bor, A Ormond, JX O'Reilly, ACH Lee

    Multi-voxel coding of stimuli, rules, and responses in human frontoparietal cortex.

    Journal: Neuroimage
    E-pub date: 15 May 2011
    Authors: A Woolgar, R Thompson, D Bor, J Duncan

    Working memory task performance and chunking in early Alzheimer’s disease.

    Journal: Br J Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 1 May 2011
    Authors: J Huntley, D Bor, A Hampshire, A Owen, R Howard

    Systemizing influences attentional processes during the Navon task: an fMRI study.

    Journal: Neuropsychologia
    E-pub date: 31 Jan 2008
    Authors: J Billington, S Baron-Cohen, D Bor

    When thoughts become action: an fMRI paradigm to study volitional brain activity in non-communicative brain injured patients.

    Journal: Neuroimage
    E-pub date: 1 Jul 2007
    Authors: M Boly, MR Coleman, MH Davis, A Hampshire, D Bor, G Moonen, PA Maquet, JD Pickard, S Laureys, AM Owen

    Frontal lobe involvement in spatial span: converging studies of normal and impaired function.

    Journal: Neuropsychologia
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2006
    Authors: D Bor, J Duncan, ACH Lee, A Parr, AM Owen

    Automated post-hoc noise cancellation tool for audio recordings acquired in an MRI scanner.

    Journal: Hum Brain Mapp
    E-pub date: 1 Apr 2005
    Authors: R Cusack, N Cumming, D Bor, D Norris, J Lyzenga

    Prefrontal cortical involvement in verbal encoding strategies.

    Journal: Eur J Neurosci
    E-pub date: 1 Jun 2004
    Authors: D Bor, N Cumming, CEL Scott, AM Owen

    Detecting residual cognitive function in persistent vegetative state.

    Journal: Neurocase
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2002
    Authors: AM Owen, DK Menon, IS Johnsrude, D Bor, SK Scott, T Manly, EJ Williams, C Mummery, JD Pickard

    A neural basis for general intelligence.

    Journal: Science
    E-pub date: 21 Jul 2000
    Authors: J Duncan, RJ Seitz, J Kolodny, D Bor, H Herzog, A Ahmed, FN Newell, H Emslie