Dr Polly Peers

Polly Peers

University position

MRC Career Development Fellow


MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

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Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


My current work is focused on understanding the relationship between attentional and memory deficits following stroke, and examining whether training of these cognitive functions can improve outcome for patients.

Research Focus




cognitive training

Clinical conditions



Behavioural analysis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing



Duncan Astle

John Duncan

Tom Manly

Associated News Items

    Key publications

    Peers PV, Cusack R, Duncan J (2006), “Modulation of spatial bias in the dual task paradigm: evidence from patients with unilateral parietal lesions and controls” Neuropsychologia 44:1325-1335 Details

    Peers PV, Ludwig CJH, Rorden C, Bonfiglioli C, Bundesen C, Driver J, Antoun N, Duncan J (2005), “Attentional functions of parietal and frontal cortex” Cerebral Cortex 15:1469-1484



    Peers PV, Simons JS, Lawrence AD (2013), “Prefrontal control of attention to threat.” Front Hum Neurosci 7:24 Details


    Ghosh BC, Calder AJ, Peers PV, Lawrence AD, Acosta-Cabronero J, Pereira JM, Hodges JR, Rowe JB (2012), “Social cognitive deficits and their neural correlates in progressive supranuclear palsy.” Brain 135(Pt 7):2089-102 Details


    Murthy NV, Selvaraj S, Cowen PJ, Bhagwagar Z, Riedel WJ, Peers P, Kennedy JL, Sahakian BJ, Laruelle MA, Rabiner EA, Grasby PM (2010), “Serotonin transporter polymorphisms (SLC6A4 insertion/deletion and rs25531) do not affect the availability of 5-HTT to [11C] DASB binding in the living human brain.” Neuroimage 52(1):50-4 Details

    Simons JS, Peers PV, Mazuz YS, Berryhill ME, Olson IR (2010), “Dissociation between memory accuracy and memory confidence following bilateral parietal lesions.” Cereb Cortex 20(2):479-85 Details


    Ewbank MP, Lawrence AD, Passamonti L, Keane J, Peers PV, Calder AJ (2009), “Anxiety predicts a differential neural response to attended and unattended facial signals of anger and fear.” Neuroimage 44(3):1144-51 Details

    Peers PV, Lawrence AD (2009), “Attentional control of emotional distraction in rapid serial visual presentation.” Emotion 9(1):140-5 Details

    Pérez A, Peers PV, Valdés-Sosa M, Galán L, García L, Martínez-Montes E (2009), “Hemispheric modulations of alpha-band power reflect the rightward shift in attention induced by enhanced attentional load.” Neuropsychologia 47(1):41-9 Details


    Ally BA, Simons JS, McKeever JD, Peers PV, Budson AE (2008), “Parietal contributions to recollection: electrophysiological evidence from aging and patients with parietal lesions.” Neuropsychologia 46(7):1800-12 Details

    Dodds CM, van Belle J, Peers PV, Dove A, Cusack R, Duncan J, Manly T (2008), “The effects of time-on-task and concurrent cognitive load on normal visuospatial bias.” Neuropsychology 22(4):545-52 Details

    Simons JS, Peers PV, Hwang DY, Ally BA, Fletcher PC, Budson AE (2008), “Is the parietal lobe necessary for recollection in humans?” Neuropsychologia 46(4):1185-91 Details


    Peers PV, Ludwig CJ, Rorden C, Cusack R, Bonfiglioli C, Bundesen C, Driver J, Antoun N, Duncan J (2005), “Attentional functions of parietal and frontal cortex.” Cereb Cortex 15(10):1469-84 Details