University College London

Dr. Hugo Spiers

The Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience (IBN) at University College London (UCL) comprises five research groups who seek to understand how neural processes collaborate to create perception, cognition and behaviour. The shared animal research facility provides access to use a range of methods including single neuron recording, optogenetics, DREADDs, behavioural training, functional neuroimaging and virtual reality. The IBN is located in the Department of Experimental Psychology and strongly connected to the Neuroscience Domain at UCL where there are over 450 principle investigators studying Neuroscience.

Group description

The Spatial Cognition Laboratory, led by Dr Hugo Spiers, conducts research within the IBN Laboratory and also at UCL’s Multimodal Lab and the Birkbeck-UCL Centre for Neuroimaging. The group conducts research to determine how the brain creates representations of the world to remember the past, navigate the present and imagine the future.

Our collaborator DeepMind is the foremost world leading company studying Artificial Intelligence. DeepMind was founded in London in 2010 and backed by some of the most successful technology entrepreneurs in the world. It was acquired by Google in 2014.

People: Dr. Hugo Spiers (PI) & Dr. Kate Jeffery (co-PI)

Links: Spatial cognition groupInstitute of Behavioural Neuroscience at UCL, Experimental Psychology at UCL 

Associated M-GATE fellows

ESR 3 : Nils Nyberg

ESR 9 : Christoffer Gahnstrom