Dr Kamen Tsvetanov

University position

Senior Research Associate


Department of Clinical Neurosciences


MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

Home page

http://www.kamentsvetanov.com/ (personal home page)

Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Developmental Neuroscience


Dr. Tsvetanov is a Brain Non-Clinical Postdoctoral Fellow in cognitive neuroscience of ageing. The central goal of his research is to obtain a better understanding of the complex relationship between human brain dynamics and cognition in healthy ageing and age-degenerative diseases. He approaches this goal using a variety of methods – examining human neural dynamics at the neurophysiological, haemodynamic, and neurotransmitter levels with data-driven and generative modelling of magnetic resonance imaging and electrophysiological recordings.

Research Focus


Healthy Aging

Multivariate multimodal data analysis


Brain Connectivity

Cognitive Control

Clinical conditions

Cognitive impairment

No direct clinical relevance


Behavioural analysis

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Haemodynamic monitoring

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)

Magnetoencephalography (MEG)

Neuropsychological testing



Richard Bethlehem

Richard Henson

Laura Hughes

James Rowe

Lorraine K. Tyler

Noham Wolpe

United Kingdom

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Adeel Razi Web: http://www.adeelrazi.org/

David Samu Web: http://www.davidsamu.com/

Associated News Items



Malpetti M, Kievit RA, Passamonti L, Jones PS, Tsvetanov KA, Rittman T, Mak E, Nicastro N, Bevan-Jones WR, Su L, Hong YT, Fryer TD, Aigbirhio FI, O'Brien JT, Rowe JB. (2020), “Microglial activation and tau burden predict cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease.” Brain awaa088


Passamonti L*, Tsvetanov KA*, Jones PS, Bevan-Jones WR, Arnold R, Borchert RJ, Mak E, Su L, O'Brien JT, Rowe JB. (2019), “Neuroinflammation and Functional Connectivity in Alzheimer's Disease: Interactive Influences on Cognitive Performance.” Journal of Neuroscience 39(36):7218-7226


Tsvetanov KA, Ye Z, Hughes L, Samu D, Treder MS, Wolpe N, Tyler LK, Rowe JB2, Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience. (2018), “Activity and Connectivity Differences Underlying Inhibitory Control Across the Adult Life Span.” Journal of Neuroscience 38(36):7887-7900


Samu D, Campbell KL, Tsvetanov KA, Shafto MA; Cam-CAN consortium, Tyler LK. (2017), “Preserved cognitive functions with age are determined by domain-dependent shifts in network responsivity.” Nature Communications 8:14743


Tsvetanov KA, Henson RN, Tyler LK, Davis SW, Shafto MA, Taylor JR, Williams N, Cam-Can, Rowe JB. (2016), “Extrinsic and Intrinsic Brain Network Connectivity Maintains Cognition across the Lifespan Despite Accelerated Decay of Regional Brain Activation.” Journal of Neuroscience 36(11):3115-26.


Campbell KL, Shafto MA, Wright P, Tsvetanov KA, Geerligs L, Cusack R; Cam-CAN, Tyler LK. (2015), “Idiosyncratic responding during movie-watching predicted by age differences in attentional control.” Neurobiology of Aging 36(11):3045-3055

Tsvetanov KA, Henson RN, Tyler LK, Davis SW, Shafto MA, Taylor JR, Williams N, Cam-Can, Rowe JB. (2015), “The effect of ageing on fMRI: Correction for the confounding effects of vascular reactivity evaluated by joint fMRI and MEG in 335 adults.” Human Brain Mapping 36(6):2248-69


Tsvetanov KA, Mevorach C, Allen H, Humphreys GW. (2013), “Age-related differences in selection by visual saliency.” Atten Percept Psychophys 75(7):1382-94


Tsvetanov KA, Arvanitis TN, Humphreys GW. (2012), “Dissociating effects of stimulus identity and load on working memory attentional guidance: lengthening encoding time eliminates the effect of load but not identity.” Q J Exp Psychol 65(8):1475-83