Dr Thomas Cope MA MClinRes MRCP


I am a Clinical Research Fellow and Specialist Registrar in Clinical Neurology, working in the University Neurology Unit under the supervision of Professor James Rowe.

I am interested in defining perceptual mechanisms and brain substrates through the general application of auditory psychophysics to patients with neurological pathology. My work is complemented by the use of functional imaging modalities such as magnetoencephalography and ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging.

My present focus is on brain mechanisms for prediction, language and learning in patients who neurodegenerative disease, and especially the neurodegenerative aphasias. My other interests include the exploration of perceptual timing in normal listeners and in patients with cortical and subcortical disease, as well as brain mechanisms for musical hallucination and tinnitus. I am always willing to discuss collaboration in these areas.

Research Focus







Clinical conditions



Huntington's disease

Language disorders

Multiple system atrophy

Musical Hallucination


Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetoencephalography (MEG)



David Baguley

Matt Davis

Karalyn Patterson

James Rowe

United Kingdom

Tim Griffiths Web: http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/~tgriff/

Chris Petkov Web: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ion/sta...

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Key publications

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



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