Dr Alex Clarke

Alex Clarke

University position

Research Associate


Department of Psychology

Home page

https://sites.google.com/site/al... (personal home page)

Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


The research that I have been undertaking investigates how information about meaningful objects is represented in the brain. More specifically, this is centered around how information about objects develops over time, and how the responses of different brain regions reflect different conceptual knowledge across time. In addition, I'm also interested in the mechanisms by which these different brain regions interact culminating in meaningful object representations.

Increased recurrent interactions during specific object naming
Increased recurrent interactions during specific object naming
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Research Focus


Object Recognition

Conceptual Knowledge


Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance


Behavioural analysis

Electrocorticography (ECoG)

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetoencephalography (MEG)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)



Barry Devereux

Billi Randall

Kirsten I Taylor

Lorraine Tyler

Associated News Items



Clarke A, Pell PJ, Ranganath C, Tyler LK (2016), “Learning warps object representations in the ventral temporal cortex” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 28(7): 1010-1023

in press

Clarke, A (in press), “Top-down cognitive influences on object recognition: a commentary on Perry and Lupyan (2016)” Language, Cognition and Neuroscience


Clarke A (2015), “Dynamic information processing states revealed through neurocognitive models of object semantics” Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 30:4: 409-419

Clarke A, Tyler LK (2015), “Understanding what we see: how we derive meaning from vision” TICS 19(11): 677-687

Wright P, Randall B, Clarke A, Tyler LK (2015), “The perirhinal cortex and conceptual processing: Effects of feature-based statistics following damage to the anterior temporal lobes.” Neuropsychologia Details


Clarke A, Devereux BJ, Randall B, Tyler LK (2014), “Predicting the Time Course of Individual Objects with MEG.” Cereb Cortex Details

Clarke A, Tyler LK (2014), “Object-specific semantic coding in human perirhinal cortex.” J Neurosci 34(14):4766-75 Details


Clarke A, Taylor KI, Devereux B, Randall B, Tyler LK (2013), “From perception to conception: how meaningful objects are processed over time.” Cereb Cortex 23(1):187-97 Details

Devereux BJ, Clarke A, Marouchos A, Tyler LK (2013), “Representational similarity analysis reveals commonalities and differences in the semantic processing of words and objects.” J Neurosci 33(48):18906-16 Details

Tyler LK, Cheung TP, Devereux BJ, Clarke A (2013), “Syntactic computations in the language network: characterizing dynamic network properties using representational similarity analysis.” Front Psychol 4:271 Details

Tyler LK, Chiu S, Zhuang J, Randall B, Devereux BJ, Wright P, Clarke A, Taylor KI (2013), “Objects and categories: feature statistics and object processing in the ventral stream.” J Cogn Neurosci 25(10):1723-35 Details


Clarke A, Taylor KI, Tyler LK (2011), “The evolution of meaning: spatio-temporal dynamics of visual object recognition.” J Cogn Neurosci 23(8):1887-99 Details


Andrews TJ, Clarke A, Pell P, Hartley T (2010), “Selectivity for low-level features of objects in the human ventral stream.” Neuroimage 49(1):703-11 Details