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Dr Daniel Roberts

Dr Daniel Roberts

Telephone: 0151 904 6337

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Biography

Dr. Roberts is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer who specialises in Neuropsychology.

During his PhD, Dr. Roberts worked with Prof. Matt Lambon Ralph and Dr. Anna Woollams at the Neuroscience and Aphasia Research Unit (University of Manchester), where he explored the neural basis of reading and visual recognition through the study of patients with brain damage affecting these abilities. He then moved to the Bilingual Aphasia Lab (Bangor University) as ESRC/MRC Research Fellow. Here, he worked with Dr. Marie-Josèphe Tainturier investigating the assessment and rehabilitation of language disorders in Welsh/English bilingual aphasic patients.

Dr. Roberts research remains focused on normal and disordered language processing, and combines detailed neuropsychological assessment with techniques such as awake craniotomy, brain stimulation (TMS, tDCS), neuroimaging (MRI) and psychophysics. His research involves brain-damaged and neurologically-intact individuals, and contributes to our understanding of the patterns of impairment following brain injury, normal cognitive processes (e.g., healthy ageing), and how this knowledge can be used to translate evidence based research into clinical practice (i.e., optimal paths to treatment).

Dr. Roberts is particularly interested in acquired disorders of spelling (dysgraphia), reading (alexia), visual recognition, and semantics (e.g., following HSVE, rTLE). He is currently recruiting patients with language problems as well as neurologically-intact individuals for these research studies.

Lecturing

First year: Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology (4206PSYSCI)

Second year: Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II (5000PSYSCI), Psychology in Application II (5104PSYSCI)

Final year: Cognitive Neuroscience (Module Leader, 6011PSYSCI), Face Perception: Processes and Disorders (6018PSYSCI), Dissertation (6000PSYSCI)

Administrative duties: Cognitive Neuroscience Module Leader, PSYREP Ethics Panel, Level 6 Tutor

Degrees

2010, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom, PhD, Neuropsychology
2006, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom, MRes, Neuropsychology/Statistics
2005, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom, BSc, Psychological Sciences

Publications

Highlighted publications

Dundon NM, Katshu MZUH, Harry B, Roberts D, Leek EC, Downing P, Sapir A, Roberts C, d'Avossa G. 2017. Human Parahippocampal Cortex Supports Spatial Binding in Visual Working Memory. Cereb Cortex, :1-11 >DOI >Link

d'Avossa G, Dundon N, Katshu Z, Roberts D, Harry B, Roberts C, Downing P, Leek C. 2015. Lesions of the Medial Occipito-Temporal cortex affect spatial binding of sensory and memory data PERCEPTION, 44 :43-43 >Link

Roberts DJ, Lambon Ralph MA, Kim E, Tainturier M-J, Beeson PM, Rapcsak SZ, Woollams AM. 2015. Processing deficits for familiar and novel faces in patients with left posterior fusiform lesions. Cortex, 72 :79-96 >DOI >Link

Woollams AM, Hoffman P, Roberts DJ, Ralph MAL, Patterson KE. 2014. What lies beneath: A comparison of reading aloud in pure alexia and semantic dementia COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, 31 :461-481 >DOI >Link

Tainturier MJ, Bosse ML, Roberts DJ, Valdois S, Rapp B. 2013. Lexical neighbourhood effects in pseudoword spelling Frontiers in Psychology, 4 >DOI

Roberts DJ, Owen-Booth B, Tainturier MJ. 2013. How Strong is the Relationship between General Phonological Processes and Pseudo-word Reading? Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 94 :157-158 >DOI >Link

Roberts DJ, Woollams AM, Kim E, Beeson PM, Rapcsak SZ, Lambon Ralph MA. 2013. Efficient visual object and word recognition relies on high spatial frequency coding in the left posterior fusiform gyrus: evidence from a case-series of patients with ventral occipito-temporal cortex damage Cereb Cortex, 23 :2568-2580 >DOI >Link

Leek EC, d'Avossa G, Tainturier MJ, Roberts DJ, Yuen SL, Hu M, Rafal R. 2012. Impaired integration of object knowledge and visual input in a case of ventral simultanagnosia with bilateral damage to area V4 Cogn Neuropsychol, 29 :569-583 >DOI >Link

Roberts DJ, Lambon Ralph MA, Woollams AM. 2010. When does less yield more? The impact of severity upon implicit recognition in pure alexia Neuropsychologia, 48 :2437-2446 >DOI >Link

Journal Articles

Dundon NM, Katshu MZUH, Harry B, Roberts D, Leek EC, Downing P, Sapir A, Roberts C, d'Avossa G. 2017. Human Parahippocampal Cortex Supports Spatial Binding in Visual Working Memory. Cereb Cortex, :1-11 >DOI >Link

Katshu MZUH, Dundon NM, Harry B, Roberts D, Leek E, Downing P, Roberts C, d’Avossa G. 2017. 36 Human parahippocampal cortex supports spatial binding in visual working memory Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 88 :A27.2-A28 >DOI

d'Avossa G, Dundon N, Katshu Z, Roberts D, Harry B, Roberts C, Downing P, Leek C. 2015. Lesions of the Medial Occipito-Temporal cortex affect spatial binding of sensory and memory data PERCEPTION, 44 :43-43 >Link

Roberts DJ, Lambon Ralph MA, Kim E, Tainturier M-J, Beeson PM, Rapcsak SZ, Woollams AM. 2015. Processing deficits for familiar and novel faces in patients with left posterior fusiform lesions. Cortex, 72 :79-96 >DOI >Link

Emma H, Jennifer R, Daniel R, Luke K, Josh P, Beth O-B, Polly B, Marie-Josephe T. 2014. Is translation semantically mediated? Evidence from Welsh-English bilingual aphasia Frontiers in Psychology, 5 >DOI

Daniel R, Shanti S, Marie-Josephe T. 2014. "That thing in New York": Impaired naming vs. preserved recognition of unique entities following an anterior temporal lobe lesion Frontiers in Psychology, 5 >DOI

Woollams AM, Hoffman P, Roberts DJ, Ralph MAL, Patterson KE. 2014. What lies beneath: A comparison of reading aloud in pure alexia and semantic dementia COGNITIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, 31 :461-481 >DOI >Link

Tainturier MJ, Bosse ML, Roberts DJ, Valdois S, Rapp B. 2013. Lexical neighbourhood effects in pseudoword spelling Frontiers in Psychology, 4 >DOI

Roberts DJ, Owen-Booth B, Tainturier MJ. 2013. How Strong is the Relationship between General Phonological Processes and Pseudo-word Reading? Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 94 :157-158 >DOI >Link

Roberts DJ, Woollams AM, Kim E, Beeson PM, Rapcsak SZ, Lambon Ralph MA. 2013. Efficient visual object and word recognition relies on high spatial frequency coding in the left posterior fusiform gyrus: evidence from a case-series of patients with ventral occipito-temporal cortex damage Cereb Cortex, 23 :2568-2580 >DOI >Link

Roberts DJ, Hughes E, Tainturier MJ. 2012. Lexico-semantic Impairment in a Case of HSVE to the Left Anterior Temporal Lobe Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 61 :304-306 >DOI >Link

Leek EC, d'Avossa G, Tainturier MJ, Roberts DJ, Yuen SL, Hu M, Rafal R. 2012. Impaired integration of object knowledge and visual input in a case of ventral simultanagnosia with bilateral damage to area V4 Cogn Neuropsychol, 29 :569-583 >DOI >Link

Tainturier MJ, Roberts J, Roberts DJ. 2011. Treating Sublexical Spelling in Bilingual Acquired Dysgraphia Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 23 :16-17 >DOI >Link

Roberts DJ, Lambon Ralph MA, Woollams AM. 2010. When does less yield more? The impact of severity upon implicit recognition in pure alexia Neuropsychologia, 48 :2437-2446 >DOI >Link

Roberts DJ. 2008. More than meets the eye: Does letter-by-letter reading derive from visual or from reading specific problems? Neurocase, 14 :451-459 >DOI >Link

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Award:

Award title: "What lies beneath: A comparison of reading aloud in Pure Alexia and Semantic Dementia", published in Cognitive Neuropsychology featured in the top 3 most downloaded articles published in Routledge Behavioral Sciences journals in 2014, Awarding body: Taylor & Francis, URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02643294.2014.882300

Award title: Guarantors of Brain Travel Prize, Awarding body: Guarantors of Brain

Award title: Prize from the journal Cognitive Neuropsychology for outstanding research by an early-stage researcher in the field of cognitive neuropsychology, Awarding body: Cognitive Neuropsychology

External collaboration:

URL: http://cogsci.jhu.edu/directory/michael-mccloskey/, Institution: Johns Hopkins University, Collaborator: Prof. Mike McCloskey

URL: http://www.neurology.arizona.edu/faculty/rapcsak.php, Institution: The University of Arizona, Collaborator: Dr. Steve Rapcsak

URL: http://www.psych-sci.manchester.ac.uk/staff/AnnaWoollams/, Institution: The University of Manchester, Collaborator: Dr. Anna Woollams

URL: http://www.psych-sci.manchester.ac.uk/staff/MattLambonRalph, Institution: The University of Manchester, Collaborator: Prof. Matt Lambon-Ralph

URL: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/psychology/people/profiles/marie-josephe_tainturier.php.en, Institution: Bangor University, Collaborator: Dr. Marie-Josèphe Tainturier

Fellowships:

Fellowship title: Early Career Research Fellowship, Organisation: Liverpool John Moores University

Industrial connections:

Company: Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Company: The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, UK Orthography Group, http://www.psychology.nottingham.ac.uk/ukog/

MBPsS. Graduate Member, The British Psychological Society, The British Psychological Society

Member, The British Neuropsychological Society, The British Neuropsychological Society, http://www.the-bns.org/

Member, Academy of Aphasia, Academy of Aphasia, http://www.academyofaphasia.org/

Research Grants Awarded:

LJMU, Verbal and visuospatial aspects in children with dyslexia, Grant value (£): TBC, Duration of research project: 3 years

LJMU, Silent cortex? Or are we just not listening correctly? Improving neurosurgical intervention and clinical outcome for brain cancer patients, Grant value (£): TBC, Duration of research project: 3-years

ESRC, Development of a web-based resource for the assessment of language skills in English and Welsh-speaking adults with neurological deficits., Dr. Marie-Josèphe Tainturier, Grant value (£): 40000, Duration of research project: 12

Professional activities

Award:

Award title: "What lies beneath: A comparison of reading aloud in Pure Alexia and Semantic Dementia", published in Cognitive Neuropsychology featured in the top 3 most downloaded articles published in Routledge Behavioral Sciences journals in 2014, Awarding body: Taylor & Francis, URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02643294.2014.882300

Award title: Guarantors of Brain Travel Prize, Awarding body: Guarantors of Brain

Award title: Prize from the journal Cognitive Neuropsychology for outstanding research by an early-stage researcher in the field of cognitive neuropsychology, Awarding body: Cognitive Neuropsychology

External collaboration:

URL: http://cogsci.jhu.edu/directory/michael-mccloskey/, Institution: Johns Hopkins University, Collaborator: Prof. Mike McCloskey

Institution: University of Alberta, Collaborator: Dr. Esther Kim

URL: http://www.neurology.arizona.edu/faculty/rapcsak.php, Institution: The University of Arizona, Collaborator: Dr. Steve Rapcsak

URL: http://www.psych-sci.manchester.ac.uk/staff/AnnaWoollams/, Institution: The University of Manchester, Collaborator: Dr. Anna Woollams

URL: http://www.psych-sci.manchester.ac.uk/staff/MattLambonRalph, Institution: The University of Manchester, Collaborator: Prof. Matt Lambon-Ralph

URL: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/psychology/people/profiles/marie-josephe_tainturier.php.en, Institution: Bangor University, Collaborator: Dr. Marie-Josèphe Tainturier

Fellowships:

Fellowship title: Early Career Research Fellowship, Organisation: Liverpool John Moores University

Fellowship title: The University of Manchester Alumni Doctoral Fellowship, Organisation: The University of Manchester

Industrial connections:

Company: Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Company: The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, UK Orthography Group, http://www.psychology.nottingham.ac.uk/ukog/

MBPsS. Graduate Member, The British Psychological Society, The British Psychological Society

Member, The British Neuropsychological Society, The British Neuropsychological Society, http://www.the-bns.org/

Member, Academy of Aphasia, Academy of Aphasia, http://www.academyofaphasia.org/

Research Grants Awarded:

LJMU, Verbal and visuospatial aspects in children with dyslexia, Grant value (£): TBC, Duration of research project: 3 years

LJMU, Silent cortex? Or are we just not listening correctly? Improving neurosurgical intervention and clinical outcome for brain cancer patients, Grant value (£): TBC, Duration of research project: 3-years

ESRC, Development of a web-based resource for the assessment of language skills in English and Welsh-speaking adults with neurological deficits., Dr. Marie-Josèphe Tainturier, Grant value (£): 40000, Duration of research project: 12