My research at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at Cambridge University (from 1998) focused on 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 cortex and parietal cortex.

Another strand of research that particularly interests me is that of the science of consciousness. In some ways this has been the locus of my research, since chunking, I believe, is one of the main functions of conscious thought. In addition, working memory and attention are arguably intrinsically conscious processes. I’ve also published a couple of papers, in collaboration with my former boss, Adrian Owen, in assessing residual consciousness in vegetative state patients.

After Cambridge, I was therefore very lucky currently to be in a position to explore this field, in a very interdisciplinary way, at the relatively new dedicated institute, the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, at the University of Sussex, from 2010, where I carried out theoretical and empirical research into consciousness science, and was involved in synaesthesia and cognitive training research.

From 2017 I returned to Cambridge, this time at the Department of Psychology in the University of Cambridge, primarily to research the effects of drowsiness and conscious level (both measured neurally) on cognition, and how this is modulated by age, using MEG, fMRI and structural imaging techniques to examine the neural basis of these effects.

In addition to all of the above, I’ve also collaborated with various scientists on projects relating to memory deficits in Alzheimer’s disease.

Below is a list of my peer-reviewed academic articles and book chapters reflecting all of the above interests, with direct article downloads where available. For citation data, up to date h-index stats and so on you might also wish to visit my Google Scholar profile here.



Fallon SJ, Bor D, Hampshire A, Barker RA, Owen AM (2017) Spatial structure normalises working memory performance in Parkinson’s disease. Cortex 96, 73-82.

Bor D, Schwartzman DJ, Barrett AB, Seth AK (2017) Theta-burst transcranial magnetic stimulation to the prefrontal or parietal cortex does not impair metacognitive visual awareness. PLoS ONE 12(2): e0171793. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0171793

Huntley JD,  Hampshire A, Bor D, Owen AM, Howard RJ (2016) Adaptive working memory strategy training in early Alzheimer’s disease: randomised controlled trial. The British Journal of Psychiatry.  doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.116.182048, 1–6.

Huntley JD,  Hampshire A, Bor D, Owen AM, Howard RJ (2016) The importance of sustained attention in early Alzheimer’s disease. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1002/gps.4537

Gould van Praag CD, Garfinkel S, Ward J, Bor D, Seth AK (2016) Automaticity and localisation of concurrents predicts colour area activity in grapheme-colour synaesthesia. Neuropsychologia. 88, 5-14.

Gruszka A, Bor D, Barker RR, Necka E, Owen AM (2016) The role of executive processes in working memory deficits in Parkinson’s Disease. Polish Psychological Bulletin. 47(1), 123-130.

Bor D (2016). Advances in the Scientific Investigation of Consciousness. In Brain Function and Responsiveness in Disorders of Consciousness, Monti MM, Sannita WG ed, Switzerland: Springer, 13-24.

Bor D, Rothen N, Schwartzman DJ, Clayton S, Seth AK (2014). Adults Can Be Trained to Acquire Synesthetic ExperiencesNature: Scientific Reports. 4(7089).

Scott RB, Dienes Z, Barrett AB, Bor D, Seth AK (2014) Blind Insight: Metacognitive Discrimination Despite Chance Task Performance. Psychological Science. 25 (12), 2199-2208

Woolgar A, Bor D, Duncan J (2013) Global Increase in Task-related Fronto-parietal Activity after Focal Frontal Lobe LesionJournal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 25(9). 1542-52

Rudebeck SR, Bor D, Ormond A, O’Reilly JX, Lee ACH (2012) A Potential Spatial Working Memory Training Task to Improve Both Episodic Memory and Fluid IntelligencePLOS ONE 7(11): e50431. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0050431

Bor D, Seth AK (2012) Consciousness and the prefrontal parietal network: Insights from attention, working memory and chunking. Frontiers in Psychology. 3(article 63). [Also published in Frontiers in Consciousness Research]

Woolgar A, Thompson R, Bor D, Duncan J (2011) Multi-voxel coding of stimuli, rules, and responses in human frontoparietal cortex. Neuroimage. 56(2). 744-752

Huntley JD, Bor D, Hampshire A, Owen AM, Howard R (2011) Working memory task performance and chunking in early Alzheimer’s disease. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 198(5). 398-403.

Billington J, Baron-Cohen S, Bor D (2008) Systemizing influences attention during the Navon task: An fMRI study. Neuropsychologia 46(2). 511-520

Bor D, Billington J, Baron-Cohen S (2008) Savant memory for digits in a case of synaesthesia and Asperger Syndrome is related to hyperactivity in the lateral prefrontal cortex. Neurocase 13(5-6). 311-319

Baron-Cohen S, Bor D, Billington J, Asher J, Wheelwright S, Ashwin C (2007). Savant memory in a man with colour-number synaesthesia and Asperger Syndrome. Journal of Consciousness Studies. 14(9-10). 237-251

Boly M, Coleman MR, Davis MH, Hampshire A, Bor D, Moonen G, Maquet PA, Pickard JD, Laureys S, Owen AM (2007). When thoughts become action: An fMRI paradigm to study volitional brain activity in non-communicative brain injured patients Neuroimage. 36(3): 979-992.

Bor D, Owen AM (2007). A Common Prefrontal-Parietal Network for Mnemonic and Mathematical Recoding Strategies within Working Memory Cerebral Cortex. 17: 778-786

Bor D, Owen AM (2007). Cognitive Training: Neural Correlates of Expert Skills Current Biology. 17(3): R95-R97.

Bor D, Owen AM (2006). Working memory: Linking Capacity with Selectivity Current Biology. 16(4): R136-R138.

Bor D, Duncan J, Lee ACH, Parr A, Owen AM (2006). Frontal lobe involvement in spatial span: Converging studies of normal and impaired function. Neuropsychologia. 44(2): 229-237.

Cusack R, Cumming N, Bor D, Norris D, Lyzenga J (2005). Automated Post-Hoc Noise Cancellation Tool for Audio
Recordings Acquired in an MRI Scanner.
Human Brain Mapping. 24(4): 299-304.

Bor D, Cumming N, Scott CEL, Owen AM (2004). Prefrontal cortical involvement in verbal encoding strategies. European Journal of Neuroscience. 19: 3365-3370.

Bor D, Duncan J, Owen AM (2003). Encoding strategies dissociate prefrontal activity from working memory demand. Neuron. 37(2): 361-367.

Owen AM, Menon DK, Johnsrude IS, Bor D, Scott SK, Manly T, Williams EJ, Mummery C, Pickard JD (2002). Detecting Residual Cognitive Function in Persistent Vegetative State. Neurocase. 8(5): 394-403.

Bor D, Duncan J, Owen AM (2001). The Role of Spatial Configuration in Tests of Working Memory Explored with Functional Neuroimaging. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology 42(3): 217-224.

Duncan J, Seitz RJ, Kolodny J, Bor D, Herzog H, Ahmed A, Newell FN, Emslie H (2000). A neural basis for general intelligence. Science 289(5478): 457-60.