Subcortical Cognitive Dysfunction Laboratory

Research Overview

I am interested in understanding how the middle part of the brain (subcortex) contributes to cognitive functions, particularly higher-level functions such as processing complex information. I am particularly interested in investigating whether mild damage to this part of the brain causes subtle changes in thinking skills. To address these questions I investigate cognitive and behavioural function in individuals who suffer from a range of conditions, all of which involve subcortical systems e.g. mild traumatic brain injury and stroke.

I am also interested in the interplay between cognitive complaint, psychological factors and cognitive performance.

A selection of current projects are:

Predictors of long-term poor outcome after mild traumatic brain injury.

This study is a longitudinal study that investigates the role of cognitive, psychiatric, psychological and neuropathological factors in long-term outcome after mild traumatic brain injury.

The neuropsychological effects of stereotactic radiosurgery on individuals with brain metastases.

This study is investigating whether stereotactic radiosurgery is a safe and efficacious intervention for individuals with multiple subcortical metastases.

The role of anxiety on neuropsychological test performance.

This study is investigating the impact that anxiety has on individuals who are undertaking cognitive examination.

Research Publications

Murray, A.L., Thompson, D.K., Pascoe, L., Leemans, A., Inder, T.E., Doyle, L.W., Anderson, J.F.I. & Anderson, P.J. (2016). White matter abnormalities and impaired attention abilities in children born very preterm." NeuroImage 124(Pt A): 75-84

Lee, Y.C, Williams, D.R., & Anderson, J.F.I (2016). Frontal deficits differentiate progressive nuclear palsy from Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Neuropsychology, 10, 1-14.

Anderson, JFI., Davis, M-C, Fitzgerald, P. & Hoy, K. (2015). Individual differences in retrieval induced forgetting affect the impact of frontal dysfunction on retrieval induced forgetting. Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology. 37(2), 140-151.

Murray, A.L., Scratch, S., Thompson, D.K., Inder, T.E., Doyle, L.W., Anderson, J.F.I. & Anderson, P.J. (2014). Neonatal brain pathology predicts adverse attention and processing speed outcomes in very preterm and/or very low birth weight children. Neuropsychology, 28(4), 552-562.

Lamb, F., Anderson, JFI., Saling, MM & Dewey H. (2013). Predictors of subjective cognitive complaint in post-acute older adult stroke patients. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 94(9), 1747-1752.

Research Projects

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Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cognitive Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Laboratory Director Dr Jacqueline Anderson

Department / Centre

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Unit / Centre

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