Hugo Spiers is Professor of Cogntive Neuroscience in the Department of Experimental Psychology.

He is an elected member of the Memory Disorders Research Society and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation

His research explores how our brain constructs representations of the world and uses them to recall the past, navigate the present and imagine the future.

His research team use a range of methods including brain imaging, neuropsychological testing, virtual reality and single cell recording to understand brain function and spatial cognition.

Prof Spiers' doctoral studies were conducted at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in the research groups of Neil Burgess and John O'Keefe. After post-doctoral fellowships at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge (with Kim Graham) and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (with Eleanor Maguire) he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Advanced Training Fellowship to learn single unit recording.

In 2010, he established the UCL Spatial Cognition group which he now runs as group leader.

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