Dr Elisa Cooper

University position

Research Staff (Post-Doctoral)


MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

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Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


My research focuses on human episodic memory. I'm also interested in the preserved abilities of individuals with focal brain injury, such as hippocampal injury, and investigating whether or not there is evidence of fast cortical learning in adults via 'Fast Mapping' paradigms

In my PhD research, I investigated whether there is a semantic contribution to orthography-to-phonology computation in healthy adult word reading.

Research Focus



Fast Mapping


Memory in healthy Aging

Semantic Memory

Clinical conditions

Alzheimer's disease




Cognitive impairment



Language disorders


Behavioural analysis

Electroencephalography (EEG)

functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetoencephalography (MEG)



Andrea Greve

Richard Henson

Karalyn Patterson

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    Key publications

    COOPER, E , GREVE, A, HENSON, RN (2019), “Investigating Fast Mapping task components: no evidence for the role of semantic referent nor semantic inference in healthy adults” Frontiers in Psychology – Cognition 10:

    COOPER, E, GREVE, A. HENSON, RN (2018), “Little evidence for Fast Mapping (FM) in adults: A review and discussion” Cognitive Neuroscience



    GREVE, A, COOPER, E, TIBON, R, HENSON, RN (2019), “Knowledge is power: prior knowledge aids memory for both congruent and incongruent events, but in different ways” JEP:General 148(2):325-341


    Cooper E, Greve A, Henson RN (2017), “Assumptions behind Scoring Source versus Item Memory: Effects of Age, Hippocampal Lesions and Mild Memory Problems” Cortex 91:297-315

    COOPER, E, GREVE, A, HENSON, RN (2017), “Assumptions behind scoring source and item memory impact on conclusions about memory: a reply to Kellen and Singmann’s comment” Cortex 96:156-157

    GREVE A, COOPER E, KAULA AJ, ANDERSON MC, HENSON R (2017), “Does Prediction Error drive one-shot declarative learning?” Journal of Memory and Language 94:149–165

    HENSON, RN, Horner, AJ., GREVE, A, COOPER, E, Gregori,M, Simons, , ERZINCLIOGLUA, S, Browne, G & Kapur, N. (2017), “No effect of hippocampal lesions on stimulus-response bindings” Neuropsychologia 103:106-114

    Tibon R, Cooper E, Greve A (2017), “Does Semantic Congruency Accelerate Episodic Encoding, or Increase Semantic Elaboration?” Journal of Neuroscience 37(19):4861-4863


    HENSON RN, GREVE A, COOPER E , Gregori M, Simons JS, GEERLIGS L, ERZINCLIOGLU S, Napur N, Browne G (2016), “The effects of hippocampal lesions on MRI measures of structural and functional connectivity” Hippocampus 26(11): 1447-1463


    Greve A, Cooper E, Henson RN (2014), “No evidence that 'fast-mapping' benefits novel learning in healthy Older adults.” Neuropsychologia 60:52-9 Details


    Staresina BP, Cooper E, Henson RN (2013), “Reversible information flow across the medial temporal lobe: the hippocampus links cortical modules during memory retrieval.” J Neurosci 33(35):14184-92 Details


    Vitkovitch M, Cooper E (2012), “My word! Interference from reading object names implies a role for competition during picture name retrieval.” Q J Exp Psychol (Hove) 65(6):1229-40 Details


    Pulvermüller F, Cooper-Pye E, Dine C, Hauk O, Nestor PJ, Patterson K (2010), “The word processing deficit in semantic dementia: all categories are equal, but some categories are more equal than others.” J Cogn Neurosci 22(9):2027-41 Details

    Vitkovitch, M, Cooper-Pye, E, & Ali, L (2010), “The long and the short of it! Naming a set of prime words before a set of related picture targets at two different intertrial intervals.” European Journal of Cognitive Psychology


    Woollams AM, Cooper-Pye E, Hodges JR, Patterson K (2008), “Anomia: a doubly typical signature of semantic dementia.” Neuropsychologia 46(10):2503-14 Details


    Hauk O, Patterson K, Woollams A, Cooper-Pye E, Pulvermüller F, Rogers TT (2007), “How the camel lost its hump: the impact of object typicality on event-related potential signals in object decision.” J Cogn Neurosci 19(8):1338-53 Details


    Vitkovitch M, Cooper-Pye E, Leadbetter AG (2006), “Semantic priming over unrelated trials: evidence for different effects in word and picture naming.” Mem Cognit 34(3):715-25 Details


    Graesser AC, Lu S, Olde BA, Cooper-Pye E, Whitten S (2005), “Question asking and eye tracking during cognitive disequilibrium: comprehending illustrated texts on devices when the devices break down.” Mem Cognit 33(7):1235-47 Details