Upcoming Events

PET is Wonderful & NHS Lothian International Meeting Feb 19, 2018 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM — Wellcome Auditorium/Fyfe Rooms, Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh
'Let's Talk About Health' free public lecture Feb 21, 2018 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM — Wellcome Auditorium, Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh CVS-Neuroscience network launch Feb 22, 2018 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM — Wellcome Auditorium, Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh
Intelligent Imaging KTN event Mar 15, 2018 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM — The Lighthouse, 56 Mitchell Street, Glasgow
Scottish Dementia Research Consortium Annual Conference 2018 Apr 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Radisson Blu, 301 Argyle St, Glasgow

Dr Alexa Morcom

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Position: Lecturer


Memory, ageing, fMRI, EEG, ERPs

Institute: PPLS

Department: Psychology

Research Themes

My group's research focuses on human memory and how it changes in normal ageing, using brain imaging – functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electrophysiological event-related potentials (ERPs) – as well as behavioural methods. As we age it becomes increasingly difficult to learn new information and to remember accurately, although many mental abilities are preserved. With the population getting older and more people staying in work longer, there is a pressing need to understand these memory changes and what is taking place in the brain.

Key Publications
  • Morcom, A.M. (In press) Resisting false recognition: An ERP study of lure discrimination. Brain Research. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2015.07.049. [Epub Aug 6 2015 - free link until Oct 2015 here]
  • Abdularahman, H.; Fletcher, P.C., Bullmore, E.T.; Morcom, A.M. (2015). Dopamine and memory dedifferentiation in ageing. Neuroimage. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.03.031. [Epub Mar 21 2015]
  • Morcom A.M.; Johnson, W. (2015) Neural reorganization and compensation in aging. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 27(7):1275-85. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00783
  • Pidgeon, L.M.; Morcom, A.M. (2014) Age-related increases in false recognition: the role of perceptual and conceptual similarity. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 6:283. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00283
  • Schaefer, R.S., Morcom, A.M., Roberts, N. & Overy, K. (2014) Moving to Music: Effects of Heard and Imagined Musical Cues on Movement-Related Brain Activity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8:774. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00774
  • Morcom, A.M. (2014) Re-engaging with the past: recapitulation of encoding operations during episodic retrieval. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8(351):1-13. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00351
  • Parra, M. A., Della Sala, S., Logie, R. H., & Morcom, A. M. (2013). Neural correlates of shape-color binding in visual working memory. Neuropsychologia, 52c, 27-36. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.09.036