Dr Tom Manly

Tom Manly

University position

MRC Scientist

Dr Tom Manly is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

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Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Clinical and Veterinary Neuroscience


Our research relates to understanding impairment and rehabilitation in attentional and executive function. Our work with stroke patients mainly focuses on spatial neglect and its relationship to executive/frontal impairment. Our work with patients with focal frontal or traumatic brain injuries focuses on executive impairment, planning/prospective memory failure etc and is again addressed both at improving our understanding of the basis of these difficulties and their remediation. We have also undertaken some research on children's attention and spatial function.

Research Focus



spatial neglect

executive function


Clinical conditions


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Cerebrovascular disorders

Cognitive impairment


Traumatic brain injury


Behavioural analysis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing



Duncan Astle

Andrew Bateman

Tristan Bekinschtein

Tim Dalgleish

Greg Davis

John Duncan

Ausaf Farooqui

Susan Gathercole

Fergus Gracey

Emily Holmes

Joni Holmes

Fionnuala Murphy

Polly Peers

United Kingdom

Jon Evans Web: http://www.gla.ac.uk/researc...

Glyn Humphreys Web: http://www.psy.ox.ac.uk/team/pr...


Jessica Grahn Web: http://www.jessicagrahn.com

Brian Levine Web: http://research.baycrest.org/blevine

Jason Mattingley Web: http://www.qbi.uq.edu.au/group-l...

Ian Robertson Web: http://tcdlocalportal.tcd.ie/pls/pub...

Associated News Items

Key publications

Manly T, Dobler VB, Dodds CM, George MA (2005), “Rightward shift in spatial awareness with declining alertness” Neuropsychologia 43(12):1721-1728 Details

Manly T, Hawkins K, Evans JJ, Woldt K, Robertson IH (2002), “Rehabilitation of Executive Function: Facilitation of effective goal management on complex tasks using periodic auditory alerts” Neuropsychologia 40(3):271-281

Manly T, Woldt K, Watson P, Warburton E (2002), “Is motor perseveration in unilateral neglect 'driven' by the presence of neglected left-sided stimuli?” Neuropsychologia 40(11):1794-1803



Bareham CA, Manly T, Pustovaya OV, Scott SK, Bekinschtein TA (2014), “Losing the left side of the world: Rightward shift in human spatial attention with sleep onset.” Sci Rep 4:5092 Details

Fish JE, Manly T, Kopelman MD, Morris RG (2014), “Errorless learning of prospective memory tasks: An experimental investigation in people with memory disorders.” Neuropsychol Rehabil :1-30 Details

Manly T, Fish JE, Griffiths S, Molenveld M, Zhou FA, Davis GJ (2014), “Unconscious priming of task-switching generalizes to an untrained task.” PLoS One 9(2):e88416 Details


Kapur N, Cole J, Manly T, Viskontas I, Ninteman A, Hasher L, Pascual-Leone A (2013), “Positive clinical neuroscience: explorations in positive neurology.” Neuroscientist 19(4):354-69 Details

McGettigan C, Eisner F, Agnew ZK, Manly T, Wisbey D, Scott SK (2013), “T'ain't what you say, it's the way that you say it--left insula and inferior frontal cortex work in interaction with superior temporal regions to control the performance of vocal impersonations.” J Cogn Neurosci 25(11):1875-86 Details

Murphy F, Macpherson K, Jeyabalasingham T, Manly T, Dunn B (2013), “Modulating mind-wandering in dysphoria.” Front Psychol 4:888 Details

Underbjerg M, George MS, Thorsen P, Kesmodel US, Mortensen EL, Manly T (2013), “Separable sustained and selective attention factors are apparent in 5-year-old children.” PLoS One 8(12):e82843 Details

Urner M, Sarri M, Grahn J, Manly T, Rees G, Friston K (2013), “The role of prestimulus activity in visual extinction.” Neuropsychologia 51(8):1630-7 Details


Grahn JA, Manly T (2012), “Common neural recruitment across diverse sustained attention tasks.” PLoS One 7(11):e49556 Details

Manly T, Murphy FC (2012), “Rehabilitation of executive function and social cognition impairments after brain injury.” Curr Opin Neurol 25(6):656-61 Details


Levine B, Schweizer TA, O'Connor C, Turner G, Gillingham S, Stuss DT, Manly T, Robertson IH (2011), “Rehabilitation of executive functioning in patients with frontal lobe brain damage with goal management training.” Front Hum Neurosci 5:9 Details


Finke K, Dodds CM, Bublak P, Regenthal R, Baumann F, Manly T, Müller U (2010), “Effects of modafinil and methylphenidate on visual attention capacity: a TVA-based study.” Psychopharmacology (Berl) 210(3):317-29 Details

Fish J, Wilson BA, Manly T (2010), “The assessment and rehabilitation of prospective memory problems in people with neurological disorders: a review.” Neuropsychol Rehabil 20(2):161-79 Details

Sweeney S, Kersel D, Morris RG, Manly T, Evans JJ (2010), “The sensitivity of a virtual reality task to planning and prospective memory impairments: group differences and the efficacy of periodic alerts on performance.” Neuropsychol Rehabil 20(2):239-63 Details


Dodds C, Müller U, Manly T (2009), “Effects of psychostimulants on alertness and spatial bias in healthy participants.” J Cogn Neurosci 21(3):529-37 Details

Manly T, Dove A, Blows S, George M, Noonan MP, Teasdale TW, Dodds CM, Fish J, Warburton E (2009), “Assessment of unilateral spatial neglect: scoring star cancellation performance from video recordings--method, reliability, benefits, and normative data.” Neuropsychology 23(4):519-28 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

Dove A, Manly T, Epstein R, Owen AM (2008), “The engagement of mid-ventrolateral prefrontal cortex and posterior brain regions in intentional cognitive activity.” Hum Brain Mapp 29(1):107-19 Details

Fish J, Manly T, Emslie H, Evans JJ, Wilson BA (2008), “Compensatory strategies for acquired disorders of memory and planning: differential effects of a paging system for patients with brain injury of traumatic versus cerebrovascular aetiology.” J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 79(8):930-5 Details

Fish J, Manly T, Wilson BA (2008), “Long-term compensatory treatment of organizational deficits in a patient with bilateral frontal lobe damage.” J Int Neuropsychol Soc 14(1):154-63 Details

George MS, Mercer JS, Walker R, Manly T (2008), “A demonstration of endogenous modulation of unilateral spatial neglect: the impact of apparent time-pressure on spatial bias.” J Int Neuropsychol Soc 14(1):33-41 Details

Schweizer TA, Levine B, Rewilak D, O'Connor C, Turner G, Alexander MP, Cusimano M, Manly T, Robertson IH, Stuss DT (2008), “Rehabilitation of executive functioning after focal damage to the cerebellum.” Neurorehabil Neural Repair 22(1):72-7 Details


Datta A, Cusack R, Hawkins K, Heutink J, Rorden C, Robertson IH, Manly T (2007), “The p300 as a marker of waning attention and error propensity.” Comput Intell Neurosci :93968 Details

Fish J, Evans JJ, Nimmo M, Martin E, Kersel D, Bateman A, Wilson BA, Manly T (2007), “Rehabilitation of executive dysfunction following brain injury: "content-free" cueing improves everyday prospective memory performance.” Neuropsychologia 45(6):1318-30 Details


Savage R, Cornish K, Manly T, Hollis C (2006), “Cognitive processes in children's reading and attention: the role of working memory, divided attention, and response inhibition.” Br J Psychol 97(Pt 3):365-85 Details


Cornish K, Kogan C, Turk J, Manly T, James N, Mills A, Dalton A (2005), “The emerging fragile X premutation phenotype: evidence from the domain of social cognition.” Brain Cogn 57(1):53-60 Details

Cornish KM, Manly T, Savage R, Swanson J, Morisano D, Butler N, Grant C, Cross G, Bentley L, Hollis CP (2005), “Association of the dopamine transporter (DAT1) 10/10-repeat genotype with ADHD symptoms and response inhibition in a general population sample.” Mol Psychiatry 10(7):686-98 Details

Dobler VB, Anker S, Gilmore J, Robertson IH, Atkinson J, Manly T (2005), “Asymmetric deterioration of spatial awareness with diminishing levels of alertness in normal children and children with ADHD.” J Child Psychol Psychiatry 46(11):1230-48 Details

George M, Dobler V, Nicholls E, Manly T (2005), “Spatial awareness, alertness, and ADHD: the re-emergence of unilateral neglect with time-on-task.” Brain Cogn 57(3):264-75 Details

Manly T (2005), “Is there any value in the differential assessment of attention?” Br J Dev Psychol 23(4):507-12 Details

Manly T, Cornish K, Grant C, Dobler V, Hollis C (2005), “Examining the relationship between rightward visuo-spatial bias and poor attention within the normal child population using a brief screening task.” J Child Psychol Psychiatry 46(12):1337-44 Details


O'Connor C, Manly T, Robertson IH, Hevenor SJ, Levine B (2004), “An fMRI of sustained attention with endogenous and exogenous engagement.” Brain Cogn 54(2):133-5 Details


Calder AJ, Keane J, Manly T, Sprengelmeyer R, Scott S, Nimmo-Smith I, Young AW (2003), “Facial expression recognition across the adult life span.” Neuropsychologia 41(2):195-202 Details

Dobler VB, Manly T, Verity C, Woolrych J, Robertson IH (2003), “Modulation of spatial attention in a child with developmental unilateral neglect.” Dev Med Child Neurol 45(4):282-8 Details

Ho AK, Manly T, Nestor PJ, Sahakian BJ, Bak TH, Robbins TW, Rosser AE, Barker RA (2003), “A case of unilateral neglect in Huntington's disease.” Neurocase 9(3):261-73 Details

Manly T, Owen AM, McAvinue L, Datta A, Lewis GH, Scott SK, Rorden C, Pickard J, Robertson IH (2003), “Enhancing the sensitivity of a sustained attention task to frontal damage: convergent clinical and functional imaging evidence.” Neurocase 9(4):340-9 Details


Chan RC, Manly T (2002), “The application of "dysexecutive syndrome" measures across cultures: performance and checklist assessment in neurologically healthy and traumatically brain-injured Hong Kong Chinese volunteers.” J Int Neuropsychol Soc 8(6):771-80 Details

Manly T, Hawkins K, Evans J, Woldt K, Robertson IH (2002), “Rehabilitation of executive function: facilitation of effective goal management on complex tasks using periodic auditory alerts.” Neuropsychologia 40(3):271-81 Details

Manly T, Lewis GH, Robertson IH, Watson PC, Datta AK (2002), “Coffee in the cornflakes: time-of-day as a modulator of executive response control.” Neuropsychologia 40(1):1-6 Details

Manly T, Woldt K, Watson P, Warburton E (2002), “Is motor perseveration in unilateral neglect 'driven' by the presence of neglected left-sided stimuli?” Neuropsychologia 40(11):1794-803 Details

Owen AM, Menon DK, Johnsrude IS, Bor D, Scott SK, Manly T, Williams EJ, Mummery C, Pickard JD (2002), “Detecting residual cognitive function in persistent vegetative state.” Neurocase 8(5):394-403 Details


Dobler V, Manly T, Atkinson J, Wilson BA, Ioannou K, Robertson IH (2001), “Interaction of hand use and spatial selective attention in children.” Neuropsychologia 39(10):1055-64 Details

Manly T, Anderson V, Nimmo-Smith I, Turner A, Watson P, Robertson IH (2001), “The differential assessment of children's attention: the Test of Everyday Attention for Children (TEA-Ch), normative sample and ADHD performance.” J Child Psychol Psychiatry 42(8):1065-81 Details


Wilson FC, Manly T, Coyle D, Robertson IH (2000), “The effect of contralesional limb activation training and sustained attention training for self-care programmes in unilateral spatial neglect.” Restor Neurol Neurosci 16(1):1-4 Details


Manly T, Robertson IH, Galloway M, Hawkins K (1999), “The absent mind: further investigations of sustained attention to response.” Neuropsychologia 37(6):661-70 Details


Anderson V, Fenwick T, Manly T, Robertson I (1998), “Attentional skills following traumatic brain injury in childhood: a componential analysis.” Brain Inj 12(11):937-49 Details


Robertson IH, Manly T, Andrade J, Baddeley BT, Yiend J (1997), “'Oops!': performance correlates of everyday attentional failures in traumatic brain injured and normal subjects.” Neuropsychologia 35(6):747-58 Details

Robertson IH, Manly T, Beschin N, Daini R, Haeske-Dewick H, Hömberg V, Jehkonen M, Pizzamiglio G, Shiel A, Weber E (1997), “Auditory sustained attention is a marker of unilateral spatial neglect.” Neuropsychologia 35(12):1527-32 Details