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TUMS Visiting Professors | Amir-Homayoun Javadi

Amir-Homayoun Javadi


School of Psychology, Keynes College
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NP, United Kingdom



Professional biography:

Prof. Amir-Homayoun Javadi is a lecturer in Cognitive Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience in the School of Psychology at University of Kent. Prior to taking up his position at University of Kent he was a postdoctoral researcher at University College London (UK), Dresden University of Technology (Germany) and Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany). 

His main research interest is cognitive enhancement, in particular in the field of memory, learning and decision making. With a background in electronics engineering he finished his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. Combining his engineering and scientific training, he aims at using different tools and methods to understand brain mechanisms underneath memory, learning and decision making. His ultimate goal is to develop innovative intervention methods to help healthy ageing and faster rehabilitation and recovery of individuals suffering from a form of brain injury, such as stroke. 

On August, 2017 Prof. Javadi was presented with the TUMS Distinguished Visiting Professor Title for the duration of 2017-2020 by Head of Speech Therapy Department.


Research Interests:

Non-pharmacological approaches to enhancement of memory, learning, and decision making in order to refine and improve the effects, as well as the methods. He uses a wide variety of methods (e.g., physical exercise, electrical and magnetic brain stimulation and sleep), and different imaging methods (e.g., eyetracking and EEG).


Main 10 recent relevant publications

  • Javadi, A.-H., Glen, J.C., Halkiopoulos, S., Schulz, M., & Spiers, H. J. (accepted) Oscillatory reinstatement enhances declarative memory. Journal of Neuroscience

  • Mutz, J. , & Javadi, A.-H. (2017). Exploring the neural correlates of dream phenomenology and altered states of consciousness during sleep. Neuroscience of Consciousness, 3(1). doi:10.1093/nc/nix009

  • Javadi, A.-H.*, Emo, B.*, Howard, L. R., Zisch, F. E., Yu, Y., Knight, R., … Spiers, H. J. (2017). Hippocampal and prefrontal processing of network topology to simulate the future. Nature Communications, 8, 14652. doi:10.1038/ncomms14652

  • Javadi, A.-H., Tolat, A., & Spiers, H. J. (2015) Sleep enhances a spatially-mediated generalisation of learned value. Learning & Memory, 22(10): 532-536. doi: 10.1101/lm.038828.115 

  • Javadi, A.-H., Beyko, A., Walsh, V., & Kanai, R. (2015). Transcranial direct current stimulation of the primary motor cortex biases motion action choice in a perceptual decision task. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27: 2174-2185. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00848

  • Javadi, A.-H.*, Schmidt, D.*, & Smolka, M. N. (2014). Adolescents adapt more slowly than adults to varying reward contingencies. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26(12): 2670-2681. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_00677

  • Javadi, A.-H., Brunec, I. K., Walsh, V., Penny, W. D. & Spiers, H. J., (2014). Transcranial electrical brain stimulation modulates neuronal tuning curves in perception of numerosity and duration, NeuroImage, 102, 451–457. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.08.016

  • Javadi, A.-H. *, Schmidt, D.*, & Smolka, M. N. (2014). Differential representation of feedback and decision in adolescents and adults. Neuropsychologia, 56, 280–8. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.01.021

  • Javadi, A.-H., & Cheng, P. (2013). Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) enhances reconsolidation of long-term memory. Brain Stimulation, 6(4), 668-674. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2012.10.007

  • Javadi, A.-H., Cheng, P., & Walsh, V. (2012) Short duration transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) modulates verbal memory. Brain Stimulation. 5, 468-474, doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2011.08.003

  • Javadi, A.-H., & Walsh, V. (2012) Transcranial direct current stimulation applied over left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex modulates declarative verbal memory. Brain Stimulation. 5, 231-241. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2011.06.007


During his presence at TUMS, he has visited the School of Rehabilitation, in particular EEG neuroimaging and tDCS Labs.


Prof. Javadi is hoping to extend his collaboration with his colleagues at TUMS, as well as begin new projects with academics and students, such as supervising PhD students, preparing scientific articles, conference presentations, and holding conferences and workshops.