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SINAPSE experts from around Scotland have developed ten online modules designed to explain medical imaging. They are freely available and are intended for non-specialists.

Edinburgh Imaging Academy at the University of Edinburgh offers the following online programmes through a virtual learning environment:

Neuroimaging for Research MSc/Dip/Cert

Imaging MSc/Dip/Cert

PET-MR Principles & Applications Cert

Applied Medical Image Analysis Cert

Online Short Courses

Dr Douglas Potter

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Position: Senior Lecturer



Cognitive Control

Multimodal imaging of cognitive function (EEG/ERP/fMRI)

Institute: University of Dundee

Department: School of Psychology

Research Themes

Current and recent projects:

  • Effects of mild head injury and concussion on attention and cognitive control in football and rugby players.
  • Attention control in Autism
  • Cognitive control in schizophrenia
  • Effects of drug withdrawal on attention control mechanism
  • Dynamics of attention control in music rhythm processing
  • Development of behavioural paradigms for translational medicine research
Key Publications

Potter, D.D. &  Webster, S. (2011) Gaze following develops atypically but successfully in children with autism. Autism Research and Treatment Volume 2011, Article ID 545964, doi:10.1155/2011/545964   ISSN: 2090-1933

Webster, S. & Potter, D.D. (2011)  Gaze perception develops atypically in children with autism. Child Development Research Volume 2011, Article ID 462389, 9 pages, doi:10.1155/2011/462389 ISSN: 2090-3995

Stephens, R., Rutherford, A., Potter, D. & Fernie, G. (2010) Do UK school team (13-16 years) soccer players suffer neuropsychological impairment as a consequence of their soccer play? The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 22(3) 295-303

Potter, D.D., Fenwick, M., Abecasis, D., & Brochard, R. (2009) Perceiving rhythm where none exists: Event-related potential (ERP) correlates of subjective accenting. Cortex 45 (1), 103-109

Rutherford, A., Stephens, R., Fernie, G. & Potter, D.D. (2009) Do university footballers suffer neuropsychological impairment as a consequence of their football (soccer) play? Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 31(6):664-681 ISSN: 1380-3395,

Webster, S. & Potter, D.D. (2008) Eye direction detection improves with development in autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 38 (6) 1184-1186  (DOI: 10.1007/s10803-008-0539-9)

Stephens, R., Rutherford, A., Potter, D. & Fernie, G. (2005). Neuropsychological impairment as a consequence of football (soccer) play and football heading: A preliminary analysis and report on school students (13-16 years). Child Neuropsychology, 11, 1-14.

Potter, D. & Keeling, D. (2005) Effects of Moderate Exercise and Diurnal Rhythms on Memory. Journal of Sports and Exercise Psychology, 27(1), 117-125

Brochard, R., Abecasis, D., Potter, D., Ragot, R. & Drake, C. (2003) The tick-tock of our internal clock: EEG evidence of subjective accents in isochronous sequences. Psychological Science, 14(4) 362-366

Rutherford, A., Stephens, R. & Potter, D.D. (2003). The Neuropsychology of Heading and Head Trauma in Assocation Football (Soccer). Neuropsychology Reviews, 13(3), 153-179

Potter, D.D., Jory, S.H. Bassett, M., Barrett, K. & Mychalkiw, W. (2002) Effect of mild head injury on event-related potential correlates of Stroop task performance. Journal of International Neuropsychology Society, 8, 828-837

Potter, D.D., Bassett M.R.A., Jory, S.H.& Barrett, K. (2001) Changes in event-related potentials in a three-stimulus auditory oddball task after mild head injury. Neuropsychologia, 39, 1464-1472

Potter, D.D., Pickles, C.D., Roberts, R.C. and Rugg, M.D. (2000) Scopolamine impairs memory performance and reduces frontal but not parietal visual P3 amplitude. Biological Psychology, 52, 37-52

Potter, D.D., Pickles, C.D., Roberts, R.C. and Rugg, M.D. (2000) The effect of cholinergic receptor blockade by scopolamine on memory performance and auditory P3. Journal of Psychophysiology, 14, 11-23

Potter, D.D. and Barrett, K. (1999) Assessment of mild head injury with event-related potentials and neuropsychological tasks. Journal of Psychophysiology, 13, 173-189

Potter, D.D. & Parker, D.M. (1997) Dissociation of event-related potential repetition effects in judgements of face identity and expression Journal of Psychophysiology, 11, 287-303

Rugg, M.D., Pickles,C.D., Potter,D.D., Doyle, M.C., Pentland, B. Roberts, R.C. (1993) Cognitive Brain Potentials in a Three-Stimulus Auditory 'Oddball' Task after Closed Head Injury. Neuropsychologia 31(4):373-393

Ebmeier, K.P., Potter, D.D., Cochrane, R.H.B., Crawford, J.R., Stewart, L., Calder, S.A., Besson,J.A.O., Salzen,E.A. (1992) Event related potentials, reaction time, and cognitive performance in idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Biological Psychology 33:73-89

Potter, D.D., Pickles, C.D., Roberts, R.C. and Rugg, M.D. (1992) The effects of scopolamine on Event-Related Potentials in a continuous recognition memory task. Psychophysiology 29:29-37

Rugg, M.D., Roberts, R.C., Potter, D.D. Pickles, C.D. and Nagy, M.E. (1991) Event-related potentials related to recognition memory: effects of unilateral temporal lobectomy and temporal lobe epilepsy Brain 114:2313-2332.

Rugg, M.D., Pickles, C.D., Potter, D.D. and Roberts, R.C. (1991) Normal P300 following extensive damage to the left medial temporal lobe. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 54:217-222

Ebmeier, K.P., Potter, D.D., Cochrane, R.H.B., MacKenzie, A.R., McAllister, H., Besson,J.A.O. and Salzen,E.A. (1990) P300 and Smooth Eye Pursuit: Concordance of abnormalities and relation to clinical features in DSM III schizophrenia. Acta Psychiatr Scand 82:283-288

Ebmeier, K.P., Potter, D.D., Cochrane, R.H.B., Crawford, J.R., Salzen, E.A. (1990) Lower band pass filter frequency in P300 experiments: a possible cause for divergent results in schizophrenia research. Biological Psychiatry 27:667-670

Ebmeier, K.P., Potter, D.D. and  Salzen, E.A.  (1988)  P3 and CT scan in patients with chronic schizophrenia.  British Journal of Psychiatry 152:290-291

Perrett, D.I., Smith P.A.J., Mistlin A.J., Chitty A.J., Head A.S., Potter D.D., Broennimann R., Milner A.D. and Jeeves M.A.J.  (1985)  Visual analysis of body movements by neurones in the temporal cortex of the macaque monkey: a preliminary report.  Behavioural Brain Research 16:153-170

Perrett, D.I., Smith, P.A.J., Potter, D.D., Mistlin, A.J., Head, A.S., Milner, A.D. and Jeeves, M.A.J.  (1985)  Visual cells in the temporal cortex sensitive to face view and gaze direction.  Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 223:293-317

Perrett, D.I., Smith, P.A.J., Potter, D.D., Mistlin, A.J., Head, A.S., Milner, A.D. and Jeeves, M.A.J.  (1984)  Neurones responsive to faces in the temporal cortex: studies of functional organisation, sensitivity to identity and relation to perception.  Human Neurobiology 3:197-208

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