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I am a cognitive neuroscientist, specialising in non-invasive brain stimulation.  As director of the Manchester Brain Stimulation Lab (MBSL), I lead non-invasive brain stimulation research at the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology. My research can be divided into two streams: 

  • The first stream focuses on semantic and social cognition. In particular, developing transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) protocols to mimic dementia impairments in healthy volunteers, thus providing evidence for theories of semantic cognition. 
  • Applications of non-invasive brain stimulation that focus on patient rehabilitation protocols for autism, schizophrenia and stroke.

After obtainng a BSc (Honors) in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto, I've completed a BA in Psychology from the University of Belgrade, followed by a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from SISSA, Trieste in 2006.

Research interests

  • Applied cognitive neuroscience
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation
  • Modulation of the neural networks underlying neuropsychiatric diseases, developmental disorders and aging
  • Semantic cognition
  • Hemispheric processing



PSYC11212 - Brain & Behaviour

PSYC21022 - Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYC31132 - Clinical Cases in Neuropsychology

PSYC60111 - Neuroimaging Techniques

PSYC60132 - Cognitive and Social Neuroscience


My collaborations

Professor Matt Lambon Ralph, University of Cambridge

Professor Dan Javitt, Columbia University

Professor Michal Lavidor, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Methodological knowledge

• behavioral experiments
• non-invasive brain stimulation
• neuroimaging


Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience (cum laude), SISSA, Trieste, Italy                                                                                 

B.Sc. in Neuroscience with Honors, University of Toronto, Canada

B.A. in Psychology, University of Belgrade, Serbia


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Visiting researcher, Instituto D'Or and UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro

1 Oct 20161 Nov 2019

Visiting researcher, Human Brain Research Institute, Kyoto University

5 Nov 201410 Oct 2015

Visiting researcher, Columbia University and The Nathan Kline Institute

3 Oct 20142 Jul 2015

Visiting Reseracher, University College London (UCL)

15 Sept 20042 Nov 2007

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology
  • Semantic cognition
  • Non-invasive Brain Stimulation
  • Cognitive enhancement
  • Neuroimaging

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Dementia@Manchester
  • Autism@Manchester


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