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:

Intervention for adults not recovering well after concussion.

This treatment program aims to assist individuals with recovery from mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also known as concussion. This research aims to understand the feasibility of this new intervention for mTBI, which includes one-on-one and group-based treatment. We will use this information to help us provide better care to individuals with mTBI.

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

Summerell, P., Smillie, L. & Anderson, J.F.I. (2021). Personality traits beyond Neuroticism predict post-concussive symptomatology in the post-acute period after mild traumatic brain injury in premorbidly healthy adults. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, DOI: 10.1080/23279095.2021.1970554

Anderson, J.F.I. (2021). Cognitive complaint and objective cognition during the post-acute period after mild traumatic brain injury in pre-morbidly healthy adults. Brain Injury, DOI: 10.1080/02699052.2020.1859613

Anderson, J.F.I. & Cockle, E. (2021). Investigating the effect of fatigue and psychological distress on information processing speed in the post-acute period after mild traumatic brain injury in premorbidly healthy adults. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, DOI: 10.1093/arclin/acaa123

Oehr, L.E., Yang, J.Y., Chen, J., Maller, J.J., Seal, M.L. & Anderson, J.F.I. (2020). Investigating white matter tract microstructural changes at 6-12 weeks following mild traumatic brain injury: a combined DTI and NODDI study. Journal of Neurotrauma, 

DOI: 10.1089/neu.2020.7310

Anderson, J.F.I. & Jordan A.S. (2020). An observational study of the association between sleep disturbance, fatigue and cognition in the post-acute period after mild traumatic brain injury in prospectively studied premorbidly healthy adults. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, DOI:10.1080/09602011.2020.1781665

Anderson, J.F.I. (2020). The association between pain-type, cognition and complaint after mild traumatic brain injury in prospectively studied pre-morbidly healthy adults admitted to hospital. Neuropsychology, 34(1), 53-62, DOI:10.1037/neu0000585

Mallawaarachchi, S.R., Cotton, S.M., Anderson, J.F.I., Killackey, E. & Allott, K.A. (2019). Exploring the use of the Hinting Task in first-episode psychosis. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 24(1). DOI:10.1080/13546805.2019.1568864

Anderson, J.F.I. and Fitzgerald, P. (2018). Associations between coping style, illness perceptions, and self-reported symptoms after mild traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 30(6), 1115-1128.


Lee, Y.C, Williams, D.R., & Anderson, J.F.I. (2018). Prospective characterization of Cognitive Function in Typical and ‘Brainstem Predominant’ Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Phenotypes. Journal of Movement Disorders, 11(2), 72-77. DOI: 10.14802/jmd.17067

Oehr, L. & Anderson, J.F.I. (2017). Diffusion-Tensor Imaging Findings and Cognitive Function Following Hospitalised Mixed-Mechanism Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 98(11), 2308-2319.

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

For project inquiries, contact our research group head.

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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