Dr Thomas Cope MClinRes MRCP(Neurology) PhD


I am a consultant neurologist, with clinical interests in cognition and epilepsy.

I am particularly interested how the mind works, how we perceive the world, and how this goes wrong in patients with neurological pathology. My research examines how the brain makes predictions about the world, reconciles these predictions against the information from our senses, and learns to improve future perception. To do this, I manipulate sensory inputs and measure how this alters the coding of information in the brain; combining psychophysics, PET, magnetoencephalography ultra-high field (7T) functional MRI, and direct intracranial recordings in patients with rare dementias or undergoing surgery for epilepsy.

I am also an Official Fellow of Murray Edwards College, where I teach neuroscience and direct studies for psychology.

Research Focus







Clinical conditions

Alzheimer's disease


Cognitive impairment



Language disorders


Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Electrophysiological recording techniques

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetoencephalography (MEG)

Neuropsychological testing

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)



Matt Davis

Matt Lambon-Ralph

Karalyn Patterson

James Rowe

United Kingdom

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Key publications

Bevan-Jones WR, Cope TE (joint first author), Jones PS, Kaalund SS, Passamonti L, Allinson K, Green O, Hong YT, Fryer TD, Arnold R, Coles JP, Aigbirhio FI, Larner AJ, Patterson K, O’Brien JT, Rowe JB (2020), “Neuroinflammation and protein aggregation co-localize across the frontotemporal dementia spectrum” Brain 143(4): 1010-1026

Cope TE, Borchert R, Rittman TD, Jones PS, Vatansever D, Allinson KSJ, Passamonti L, Vazquez Rodriguez P, Bevan Jones WR, O’Brien JT, Rowe JB. (2018), “Tau Burden and the Functional Connectome in Alzheimer's Disease and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy” Brain https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awx347

Cope TE, Sohoglu E, Sedley W, Patterson K, Jones PS, Wiggins J, Dawson C, Grube M, Carlyon RP, Griffiths TD, Davis M, Rowe JB. (2017), “Evidence for causal top-down frontal contributions to predictive processes in speech perception” Nature Communications 2154 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-017-01958-7



Adams NE, Hughes LE, Rouse MA, Phillips HN, Shaw AD, Murley AG, Cope TE, Bevan-Jones WR, Passamonti L, Street D, Holland N, Nesbitt D, Friston K, Rowe JB (2021), “GABAergic cortical network physiology in frontotemporal lobar degeneration” Brain

Cope TE, Weil RS, Düzel E, Dickerson BC, Rowe JB (2021), “Advances in neuroimaging to support translational medicine in dementia” Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (JNNP) 92 (3), 263-270

Malpetti M, Rittman T, Jones PS, Cope TE, Passamonti L, Bevan-Jones WR, Patterson K, Fryer TD, Hong YT, Aigbirhio FI, O'Brien JT, Rowe JB (2021), “In vivo PET imaging of neuroinflammation in familial frontotemporal dementia” Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (JNNP) 92 (3), 319-322


Adams NE., Hughes LE, Phillips HN, Shaw AD, Murley AG, Nesbitt D, Cope TE, Bevan-Jones WR, Passamonti L, Rowe JB (2020), “GABA-ergic dynamics in human frontotemporal networks confirmed by pharmaco-magnetoencephalography” Journal of Neuroscience 40(8): 1640-1649

Cope TE, Isaacs, J, Kopelman, M (2020), “Memory disorders and Dementias” Oxford Textbook of Neuropsychiatry (chapter 25)

Cope TE, Shtyrov Y, MacGregor LJ, Holland R, Pulvermüller F, Rowe JB, Patterson K (2020), “Anterior temporal lobe is necessary for efficient lateralised processing of spoken word identity” Cortex 126:107-118


Bevan Jones RW, Cope TE, Jones PS, Passamonti L, Hong YT, Fryer T, Arnold R, Coles JP, Aigbirhio FA, Patterson K, O'Brien JT, Rowe JB (2019), “In vivo evidence for pre?symptomatic neuroinflammation in a MAPT mutation carrier” Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology 6(2):363-378


Bevan Jones RW, Cope TE, Jones PS, Passamonti L, Hong YT, Fryer T, Arnold R, Coles JP, Aigbirhio FA, Patterson K, O'Brien JT (2018), “[18F]AV-1451 binding is increased in frontotemporal dementia due to C9orf72 expansion.” Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology 5(10):1292-1296

Phillips HN, Cope TE, Hughes LE, Zhang J, Rowe, JB (2018), “Monitoring the past and choosing the future: the prefrontal cortical influences on voluntary action.” Scientific Reports 8(1):7247

Sami S, Hughes LE, Williams N, Cope TE, Rittman T, Coyle-Gilchrist ITS, Henson RN, Rowe JB (2018), “Neurophysiological signatures of Alzheimer’s disease and Frontotemporal lobar degeneration: pathology versus phenotype” Brain 141(8):2600-2510


Bevan Jones WR, Cope TE, Jones PS, Passamonti L, Hong YT, Fryer TD, Arnold R, Allinson KSJ, Coles J, Aigbirhio F, Patterson K, O’Brien JT, Rowe JB. (2017), “[18F]AV1451 binding in vivo mirrors the expected distribution of TDP-43 pathology in the semantic variant of primary progressive aphasia.” Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (JNNP) http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jnnp-2017-316402

Cope TE, Wilson B (joint first authors), Robson H, Drinkall R, Dean L, Grube M, Jones PS, Patterson K, Griffiths TD, Rowe JB, Petkov CI. (2017), “Artificial grammar learning in vascular and progressive non-fluent aphasias.” Neuropsychologia 104:201-213

Kumar S, Tansley-Hancock O, Sedley W, Winston JS, Callaghan MF, Allen M, Cope TE, Gander PE, Bamiou DE, Griffiths TD (2017), “The brain basis for misophonia” Current Biology 27(4):527-533

Passamonti L, Vázquez Rodríguez P, Hong YT, Allinson KSJ, Williamson D, Borchert RJ, Sami S, Cope TE, Bevan-Jones WR, Jones PS, Arnold R, Surendranathan A, Mak E, Su L, Fryer TD, Aigbirhio F, O’Brien JT, Rowe JB. (2017), “[18F]AV-1451 positron emission tomography in Alzheimer’s disease and progressive supranuclear palsy” Brain 140(3):781-791


Bekuis A, Cope TE, Grube M (2016), “The Beat to Read: A Cross-lingual Link between Rhythmic Regularity Perception and Reading Skill.” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10: 425

Bevan-Jones WR, Cope TE (joint first authors), Passamonti L, Fryer TD, Hong YT, Aigbirhio F, Kril JJ, Forrest SL, Allinson K, Coles JP, Jones PS, Spillantini MG, Hodges JR, O’Brien JT, Rowe JB (2016), “[18F]AV-1451 PET in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia due to MAPT mutation” Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology 3: 940-947

Cope TE, Breen DP, Chawda S, Cifelli A (2016), “Anti-collapsin response mediator protein 5 encephalitis masquerading as a low-grade brain tumour” Practical Neurology 16(5):376-380


Cope TE, Baguley DM, Griffiths TD (2015), “The functional anatomy of central auditory processing” Practical Neurology 15(4):302:308


Cope TE, Grube M, Mandal A, Cooper FE, Brechany U, Burn DJ, Griffiths TD (2014), “Subthalamic deep brain stimulation in Parkinson?s disease has no significant effect on perceptual timing in the hundreds of milliseconds range.” Neuropsychologia 57:29-37 Details

Cope TE, Grube M, Singh B, Burn DJ, Griffiths TD (2014), “The basal ganglia in perceptual timing: Timing performance in Multiple System Atrophy and Huntington's disease.” Neuropsychologia 52:73-81 Details


Cope TE, Cope W, Beaumont DM (2013), “A case of necrotising fasciitis caused by Serratia marsescens: extreme age as functional immunosuppression?” Age Ageing 42(2):266-8 Details

Cope TE, Samaraweera AP, Burn DJ (2013), “Thyrotoxic periodic paralysis: correct hypokalemia with caution.” J Emerg Med 45(3):338-40 Details


Alcántara JI, Cope TE, Cope W, Weisblatt EJ (2012), “Auditory temporal-envelope processing in high-functioning children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Neuropsychologia 50(7):1235-51 Details

Cope TE, Grube M, Griffiths TD (2012), “Temporal predictions based on a gradual change in tempo.” J Acoust Soc Am 131(5):4013-22 Details


Cope TE, Baguley DM, Moore BC (2011), “Tinnitus loudness in quiet and noise after resection of vestibular schwannoma.” Otol Neurotol 32(3):488-96 Details

Cope TE, McFarland R, Schaefer A (2011), “Rapid-onset, linezolid-induced lactic acidosis in MELAS.” Mitochondrion 11(6):992-3 Details


Cope TE, Baguley DM (2009), “Is musical hallucination an otological phenomenon? a review of the literature.” Clin Otolaryngol 34(5):423-30 Details


Cope TE (2008), “Clinical hypnosis for the alleviation of tinnitus.” Int Tinnitus J 14(2):135-8 Details


Moore BC, Glasberg BR, Low KE, Cope T, Cope W (2006), “Effects of level and frequency on the audibility of partials in inharmonic complex tones.” J Acoust Soc Am 120(2):934-44 Details