Dr Li Su

Li Su

University position

Senior Research Associate

Dr Li Su is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


Department of Psychiatry



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Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Systems and Computational Neuroscience


I have PhD in cognitive neuroscience. After working in the Institute of Psychiatry and MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, I joined University of Cambridge as Senior Research Associate.

I am also a Visiting Professor in China Ministry of Education’s Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality, Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing, China.

My research interests are: 1) advanced neuroimaging methods, e.g. multivariate and multimodal MEG, EEG, PET and MRI; 2) neuroimaging and behavioural research in dementia and psychiatric conditions e.g. schizophrenia and major depression; 3) computational modelling of cognitive and affective control; 4) auditory and speech processing.


2015 International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology Junior Investigator Award


Multiparameter PET/MRI imaging for the study of Parkinson’s disease dementia, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (£28556)

MEG Imaging in Dementia with Lewy Bodies, The Lewy Body Society (£88844)

Research Focus






computational modelling

Clinical conditions

Alzheimer's disease

Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Depressive disorders

Parkinson's disease



Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetoencephalography (MEG)

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)



Philip Barnard

Nikolaus Kriegeskorte

William Marslen-Wilson

James Rowe

United Kingdom

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Jianmin Zeng

Associated News Items



Mak, E., Gabel, S., Su, L., Williams, G.B., Arnold, R., Passamonti, L., Vázquez Rodríguez, P., Surendranathan, A., Bevan-Jones, W.R., Rowe, J.B., O’Brien, J. T., (2017), “Multi-modal MRI investigation of volumetric and microstructural changes in the hippocampus and its subfields in mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia with Lewy bodies” International Psychogeriatrics

Mak, E., Su, L., Williams G.B., Firbank M.J., Lawson R.A., Yarnall A.J., Duncan G.W., Mollenhauer, B., Owen A.M., Khoo T.K., Brooks D.J., Rowe J.B., Barker R., Burn D.J., and O'Brien J.T. (2017), “Longitudinal whole brain atrophy and ventricular enlargement in non-demented Parkinson's disease” Neurobiology of Aging

Mirette, H., Mak, E., Gabel, S., Su, L., Williams, G.B., Waldman, A., Wells, K., Ritchie, K., Ritchie, K., O’Brien, J.T. (2017), “Functional neuroimaging findings in healthy middle-aged adults at risk of Alzheimer’s disease” Ageing Research Reviews

Passamonti, L., Vázquez Rodríguez, P., Hong, Y.T., Allinson, K.S.J., Williamson, D., Borchert, R.J., Sami, S., Bevan-Jones, W.R., Jones, S.P., Arnold, R., Surendranathan, A., Mak, E., Su, L., Fryer, T.D., Aigbirhio, F., O’Brien, J. T., Rowe, J.B., (2017), “[18F]AV-1451 Positron Emission Tomography in Alzheimer’s Disease and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy” Brain


Bevan-Jones W.R., Surendranathan, A., Passamonti, L., Vázquez Rodríguez, P., Arnold, R., Mak, E., Su, L., Coles, J.P., Fryer, T.D., Hong, Y.T., Williams, G., Aigbirhio, F., Rowe, J.B., O’Brien, J.T. (2016), “Neuroimaging of Inflammation in Memory and Related Other Disorders (NIMROD) study protocol: a deep phenotyping cohort study of the role of brain inflammation in dementia, depression and other neurological illnesses” BMJ Open

Mak, E., Gabel, S., Mirette, H., Su, L., Williams, G.B., Waldman, A., Wells, K., Ritchie, K., Ritchie, K., O’Brien, J.T. (2016), “Structural neuroimaging in preclinical dementia: from microstructural deficits and grey matter atrophy to macroscale connectomic changes” Ageing Research Reviews

Su, L., Blamire, A.M., Watson, R., He, J., Aribisala, B. and O’Brien, J.T. (2016), “Cortical and subcortical changes in Alzheimer’s disease: a longitudinal and quantitative MRI study” Current Alzheimer Research 13(5): 534-544

Su, L., Blamire, A.M., Watson, R., He, J., Lawrence, H. and O’Brien, J.T. (2016), “Whole-brain Patterns of 1H-Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Imaging in Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia with Lewy Bodies” Translational Psychiatry

Su, L., Faluyi, Y., Hong, Y.T., Fryer, T.D., Mak, E., Gabel, S., Hayes, L., Soteriades, S., Williams, G.B., Arnold, R., Passamonti, L., Vázquez Rodríguez, P., Surendranathan, A., Bevan-Jones, R.W., Coles, J., Aigbirhio, F., Rowe, J.B. and O’Brien, J.T. (2016), “Neuroinflammatory and Morphological Changes in Late Life Depression: The NIMROD Study of [11C]PK11195 PET and Multimodal MRI” The British Journal of Psychiatry

Yan, C., Su, L., Wang, Y., Xu, T., Yin, D., Fan, M., Deng, C., Hu, Y., Wang, Z., Cheung, E.F.C., Lim, K.O., Chan, R.C.K. (2016), “Multivariate Neural Representations of Value during Reward Anticipation and Consummation in the Human Orbitofrontal Cortex” Scientific Reports

Yan, C., Wang, Y., Su, L., Xu, T., Yin, D.Z., Fan, M.X., Deng, C.P., Wang, Z.X. Lui, S.S.Y., Cheung, E.F.C., Chan, R.C.K. (2016), “Differential mesolimbic and prefrontal alterations during reward anticipation and consummation in positive and negative schizotypy” Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging


Mak E, Su L, Williams GB, O'Brien JT (2015), “Neuroimaging correlates of cognitive impairment and dementia in Parkinson's disease.” Parkinsonism Relat Disord Details

Mak E, Su L, Williams GB, Watson R, Firbank M, Blamire AM, O'Brien JT (2015), “Longitudinal assessment of global and regional atrophy rates in Alzheimer's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies.” Neuroimage Clin 7:456-62 Details

Mak E, Su L, Williams GB, Watson R, Firbank MJ, Blamire AM, O'Brien JT (2015), “Progressive cortical thinning and subcortical atrophy in dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer's disease.” Neurobiol Aging Details

Mak, E., Su, L., Williams G.B., Firbank M.J., Lawson R.A., Yarnall A.J., Duncan G.W., Owen A.M., Khoo T.K., Brooks D.J., Rowe J.B., Barker R., Burn D.J., and O'Brien J.T. (2015), “Baseline and longitudinal grey matter changes in newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease: ICICLE-PD study” Brain 138(10):2974-86

Mak, E., Su, L., Williams G.B., Watson R., Firbank M.J. and O'Brien J.T. (2015), “Differential atrophy of hippocampal subfields: a comparative study of dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer’s disease” American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2015.06.006

Su L, Wyble B, Zhou LQ, Wang K, Wang YN, Cheung EF, Bowman H, Chan RC (2015), “Temporal perception deficits in schizophrenia: integration is the problem, not deployment of attentions.” Sci Rep 5:9745 Details

Suckling, J., Simas, T., Chattopadhyay, S., Tait, R., Su, L., Williams, G., Rowe J. and O'Brien J. (2015), “A winding road: Alzheimer’s disease increases circuitous functional connectivity pathways” Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 9:140. doi: 10.3389/fncom.2015.00140

Zhang J, Su L (2015), “Temporal Autocorrelation-Based Beamforming with MEG Neuroimaging Data” Journal of the American Statistical Association 110(512):1375-1388 PDF


Bowman H, Filetti M, Alsufyani A, Janssen D, Su L (2014), “Countering countermeasures: detecting identity lies by detecting conscious breakthrough.” PLoS One 9(3):e90595 Details

Bowman, H. and Su, L. (2014), “Cognition, Concurrency Theory and Reverberations in the Brain: in Search of a Calculus of Communicating (Recurrent) Neural Systems” A. Voronkov, M. Korovina (eds.), HOWARD-60 66-84 PDF

Bozic M, Fonteneau E, Su L, D Marslen-Wilson W (2014), “Grammatical analysis as a distributed neurobiological function.” Hum Brain Mapp Details

Mak E, Su L, Williams GB, O'Brien JT (2014), “Neuroimaging characteristics of dementia with Lewy bodies.” Alzheimers Res Ther 6(2):18 Details

Nili H, Wingfield C, Walther A, Su L, Marslen-Wilson W, Kriegeskorte N (2014), “A toolbox for representational similarity analysis.” PLoS Comput Biol 10(4):e1003553 Details

Su L, Blamire AM, Watson R, He J, Aribisala B, O'Brien JT (2014), “Tissue microstructural changes in dementia with Lewy bodies revealed by quantitative MRI.” J Neurol Details

Su L, Zulfiqar I, Jamshed F, Fonteneau E, Marslen-Wilson W (2014), “Mapping tonotopic organization in human temporal cortex: representational similarity analysis in EMEG source space.” Front Neurosci 8:368 Details

Su, L., Gomez, R. and Bowman, H. (2014), “Analysing Neurobiological Learning Using Communicating Automata” Formal Aspects of Computing 26: 1169-1204, DOI 10.1007/s00165-014-0294-y PDF


Bowman H, Filetti M, Janssen D, Su L, Alsufyani A, Wyble B (2013), “Subliminal salience search illustrated: EEG identity and deception detection on the fringe of awareness.” PLoS One 8(1):e54258 Details

Bozic M, Tyler LK, Su L, Wingfield C, Marslen-Wilson WD (2013), “Neurobiological systems for lexical representation and analysis in English.” J Cogn Neurosci 25(10):1678-91 Details

Lawrence EJ, Su L, Barker GJ, Medford N, Dalton J, Williams SC, Birbaumer N, Veit R, Ranganatha S, Bodurka J, Brammer M, Giampietro V, David AS (2013), “Self-regulation of the anterior insula: Reinforcement learning using real-time fMRI neurofeedback.” Neuroimage 88C:113-124 Details

Wang Y, Yang TX, Su L, Yan C, Wang Y, Huang J, Fan MX, Yin DZ, Jin Z, Zeng YW, Shum DH, Gur RC, Chan RC (2013), “Neural Correlates of Prospective Memory in Individuals With Schizotypal Personality Features.” Neuropsychology Details


Su L, Fonteneau E, Marslen-Wilson W, Kriegeskorte N (2012), “Spatiotemporal Searchlight Representational Similarity Analysis in EMEG Source Space” IEEE Xplore 97-100, doi:10.1109/PRNI.2012.26 PDF


Bowman, H., Su, L., Wyble, B. and Barnard, P.J. (2011), “Salience sensitive control, temporal attention and stimulus-rich reactive interfaces” Human Attention in Digital Environments 114-144

Su L, Bowman H, Barnard P (2011), “Glancing and then looking: on the role of body, affect, and meaning in cognitive control.” Front Psychol 2:348 Details


Su L, Barnard PJ, Bowman H (2010), “On the Fringe of Awareness, Attention and Emotion” Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6354, 504-509


Su L, Bowman H, Barnard PJ, Wyble B (2009), “Process Algebraic Modelling of Attentional Capture and Human Electrophysiology in Reactive Systems” Formal Aspects of Computing 21, 513-539 PDF


Su, L., H. Bowman, and P.J. Barnard (2008), “Performance of reactive interfaces in stimulus rich environments, applying formal methods and cognitive frameworks” Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science 208: 95-111


Su, L., H. Bowman, and P.J. Barnard (2007), “Attentional capture by meaning: A multi-level modelling study” Proceedings of the 29th Annual Cognitive Science Society 1521-1526


Bowman, H., Gomez, R. and Su, L. (2005), “A tool for the syntactic detection of zeno-timelocks in timed automata” Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science 139(1): 25-47

Su, L., H. Bowman, and B. Wyble (2005), “Symbolic encoding of neural networks using communicating automata with applications to verification of neural network based controllers” Proceedings of the IJCAI-05 Workshop on Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning