Publications

Publication: Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience

George Savulich, Emily Thorp, Thomas Piercy, Katie A Peterson, John D Pickard, Barbara J Sahakian.

21 Jan 2019


Summary:

A new ‘brain training’ game designed by researchers at the University of Cambridge improves users’ concentration, according to new research published today. The scientists behind the venture say this could provide a welcome antidote to the daily distractions that we face in a busy world.

A team from the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cambridge, has developed and tested ‘Decoder’, a new game that is aimed at helping users improve their attention and concentration. The game is based on the team’s own research and has been evaluated scientifically.

In a study published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience Professor Sahakian and colleague Dr George Savulich have demonstrated that playing Decoder on an iPad for eight hours over one month improves attention and concentration. This form of attention activates a frontal-parietal network in the brain. Read the full story here

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Publication: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Meiser-Stedman R, McKinnon A, Dixon C, Boyle A, Smith P, & Dalgleish T

(2019)

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Publication: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Hull L, Mandy W, Lai MC, Baron-Cohen S, Allison C, Smith P, Petrides KV

2019 Mar 15;49(3):819-33.

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Publication: Neurobiology of Aging

Mak E, Padilla C, Annus T, Wilson LR, Hong YT, Fryer TD, Coles JP, Aigbirhio FI, Menon DK, Nestor PJ, Zaman SH.

2019 Mar 5.

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Publication: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

Chamberlain SR, Tiego J, Fontenelle LF, Hook R, Parkes L, Segrave R, Hauser TU, Dolan RJ, Goodyer IM, Bullmore E, Grant JE, Yucel M.

2019

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Publication: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

Raha-Chowdhury R, Henderson JW, Raha AA, Vuono R, Bickerton A, Jones E, Fincham R, Allinson K, Holland A, Zaman SH.

2019 Mar 1(Preprint):1-9.

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Publication: Mit Press Journals

Anna O Ermakova, Nimrod Gileadi, Franziska Knolle, Azucena Justicia Diaz, Rachel Anderson, Paul C Fletcher, Michael Moutoussis, Graham K Murray.

doi/10.1162/cpsy_a_00020

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Publication: Molecular Autism

Sun X, Allison C, Wei L, Matthews FE, Auyeung B, Wu YY, Griffiths S, Zhang J, Baron-Cohen S, Brayne C.

2019 Feb;10(1):7.

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Publication: Brain

Surendranathan A, Su L, Mak E, Passamonti L, Hong YT, Arnold R, et al.

2018 Dec 1;141(12):3415–27.

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Publication: Neuropsychopharmacology

Skandali N, Rowe JB, Voon V, Deakin JB, Cardinal RN, Cormack F, et al.

2018 Dec;43(13):2645-2651

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Publication: Neuroimage

Cury C, Durrleman S, Cash DM, Lorenzi M, Nicholas JM, Bocchetta M, et al.

2018 Dec 6;188:282-290

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Publication: Psychological Medicine

Fernandez-Egea E, Worbe Y, Bernardo M, Robbins TW.

2018 Dec;48(16):2668-2675

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Publication: The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

Mezquida G, Fernandez-Egea E, Treen D, Mane A, Berge D, Savulich G, et al.

2018 Nov;206(11):882-886

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Publication: Schizophrenia Research

Treen D, Savulich G, Mezquida G, Garcia-Portilla MP, Toll A, Garcia-Rizo C, et al.

2018 Oct 11;

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Publication: Nature Communications

Young AL, Marinescu RV, Oxtoby NP, Bocchetta M, Yong K, Firth NC, et al.

2018 Oct 15;9(1):4273

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Publication: Molecular Psychiatry

Koriath C, Kenny J, Adamson G, Druyeh R, Taylor W, Beck J, et al.

2018 Oct 2;

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Publication: Molecular Psychiatry

Lombardo MV, Auyeung B, Pramparo T, Quartier A, Courraud J, Holt RJ, et al.

2018 Aug 13;

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Publication: Psychological Medicine

Savulich G, Menon DK, Stamatakis EA, Pickard JD, Sahakian BJ.

2018 Jul;48(9):1397-1399

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Publication: PLoS One

Holt R, Upadhyay J, Smith P, Allison C, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B.

2018 Jul 27;13(7):e0198273

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Publication: Psychoneuroendocrinology

Osimo EF, Cardinal RN, Jones PB, Khandaker GM.

2018 May;91:226-234

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Publication: Behavior Research Methods

Lassalle A, Pigat D, O’Reilly H, Berggen S, Fridenson-Hayo S, Tal S, et al.

2018 Apr 30;

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Publication: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease,

Moylett S, Price A, Cardinal RN, Aarsland D, Mueller C, Stewart R, O’Brien JT.

Dis. 2019;67(3):995-1005.

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Publication: Frontiers in Psychiatry

Savulich G, Jeanes H, Rossides N, Kaur S, Zacharia A, Robbins TW, et al.

2018 Nov 21;9:615

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Publication: Nature

Baland Jalal, Annette Brühl, Claire O’Callaghan, Thomas Piercy, Rudolf N. Cardinal, Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Barbara J. Sahakian


Summary:

A ‘brain training’ app could help people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) manage their symptoms, which may typically include excessive handwashing and contamination fears.

One of the most common types of OCD, affecting up to 46% of OCD patients, is characterised by severe contamination fears and excessive washing behaviour. Excessive washing can be harmful as sometimes OCD patients use spirits, surface cleansers or even bleach to clean their hands. The behaviours can have a serious impact on people’s lives, their mental health, their relationships and their ability to hold down jobs.

Cambridge researchers developed a new treatment to help people with contamination fears and excessive washing. The intervention, which can be delivered through a smartphone app, involves patients watching videos of themselves washing their hands or touching fake contaminated surfaces. Read the full story here

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Publication: Molecular Autism

Cassidy S, Bradley L, Shaw R, Baron-Cohen S.

2018 Jul 31;9:42

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Publication: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

Mc Ardle R, Morris R, Hickey A, Del Din S, Koychev I, Gunn RN, et al.

2018 Apr 10;63(1):331-341

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Publication: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring.

Mak E, Bethlehem RA, Romero-Garcia R, Cervenka S, Rittman T, Gabel S, Surendranathan A, Bevan-Jones RW, Passamonti L, Rodríguez PV, Su L.

2018 Jan 1;10:678-87.

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Publication: Molecular Neurobiology

Galindo L, Moreno E, Lopez-Armenta F, Guinart D, Cuenca-Royo A, Izquierdo-Serra M, et al.

2018 Aug;55(8):6347-6361

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Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Whitaker, K.J., Vértes, P.E., Romero-Garcia, R., Váša, F., Moutoussis, M., Prabhu, G., Weiskopf, N., Callaghan, M.F., Wagstyl, K., Rittman, T., Tait, R., Suckling, J., Ooi, C., Inkster, B., Fonagy, P., Dolan, R., Goodyer, I.M., Jones, P.B., the NSPN Consortium, Bullmore, E.T. 2016 , 113(32), pp.9105-9110.

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Publication: Molecular Psychiatry

Kappelmann, N., Lewis, G., Dantzer, R., Jones, P.B. and Khandaker, G.M., 2016 Oct 18. doi: 10.1038/mp.2016.167

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Ersche, K.D., Gillan, C.M., Jones, P.S., Williams, G.B., Ward, L.H., Luijten, M., de Wit, S., Sahakian, B.J., Bullmore, E.T. and Robbins, T.W., 2016.. Science, 352(6292), pp.1468-1471.

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