John Aggleton is a professor at Cardiff University. His research examines how brain regions interact to support different forms of memory. This systems level analysis of memory is ultimately concerned with understanding the human brain, and so includes clinical studies of people with memory problems, e.g. amnesia. A major part of his work, however, involves animal models of amnesic conditions. An integral part of this endeavour is to compare and contrast different forms of memory, e.g. the recall of day-to-day events versus the recognition of events, along with the brain systems that appear to support these forms of memory. A particular goal is to relate the amnesias associated with damage to different regions of the brain, and to test various models that explain their similarities and differences.
At present, Aggleton serves as the module leader for the Year 2 course on Abnormal Psychology (PS2008) at Cardiff. He also lectures on a Year 3 module that examines the neuropsychology of memory (Memory Processes and Memory Disorders, PS3208).
His recent publications include:
Aggleton, J. P., Saunders, R. C., Wright, N. F. and Vann, S. D. (2014). The origin of projections from the posterior cingulate and retrosplenial cortices to the anterior, medial dorsal and laterodorsal thalamic nuclei of macaque monkeys. European Journal of Neuroscience, 39(1), 107-123. (10.1111/ejn.12389)
Dumont, J. R., Amin, E. and Aggleton, J. P. (2014). Selective importance of the rat anterior thalamic nuclei for configural learning involving distal spatial cues. European Journal of Neuroscience, 39(2), 241-256. (10.1111/ejn.12409)
Hindley, E., Nelson, A. J. D., Aggleton, J. P. and Vann, S. D. (2014). Dysgranular retrosplenial cortex lesions in rats disrupt cross-modal object recognition. Learning & Memory, 21(3), 171-179. (10.1101/lm.032516.113)
Credits to: Cardiff University
Published: 30 June 2014
Last update: 23 April 2015