Dr Charlotte Hartwright

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University
B4 7ET

Phone Number: 0121 204 4168
Email: c.hartwright@aston.ac.uk
Room number: SW508A

Students can make an appointment with me via WASS

Research Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research Centres

Aston Brain Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing




ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-1197-7541

Short Biography


I completed my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham in 2014. Under the supervision of Prof Ian Apperly and Dr Peter Hansen, my PhD thesis aimed to explore the functions of parts of the brain typically associated with Social Cognition, in particular, the ability to infer the mental causes of action (termed 'Theory of Mind').

I then went on to work at the University of Oxford as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof Roi Cohen Kadosh on the neurodevelopmental bases of variability in math achievement in children. This is a European Research Council funded longitudinal project in which I am still involved. You can read more about this on my Oxford page or on the study specific website.

I joined Aston in 2016 as a Lecturer in Psychology where, in addition to supporting the teaching and learning in Psychology and Neuroscience, I will continue my research in cognition and the brain.


Open Science

I am passionate about Open Science and am working towards making all of my work open. I organise an Open Science Working Group within the Psychology Department, which is part of a wider network of groups across the UK. You can find out more about my Open Science on my page on the Open Science Framework here.



I make my neuroimaging data available, where possible. These data can be downloaded by searching for the article title or 'Hartwright' here.



I now also use various preprint services to make copies of forthcoming manuscripts openly available, prior to formal publication, where possible, and where all authors agree. Please visit my page on the Open Science Framework for all available preprints of published manuscripts.



  • PGCert. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Aston University, 2018
  • PhD Cognitive Neuroscience, the University of Birmingham, 2014 

  • MRes Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience, the University of Birmingham, 2009

  • BSc Hons Psychology, the University of Worcester, 2008


  • 2016 – present: Lecturer, Aston University

  • 2016 – 18: Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford
  • 2014 – 2016: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford 

  • 2013 – 2014: Visiting Lecturer, University of Birmingham

Module Lead

  • PY2241 Individual Differences, Health & Personality
  • PY3021 Perspectives on Improving Methods in Psychological Science New for 2018-19!

Ad-hoc Lectures

  • PY4015 MSc Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PY4090 MSc Advanced Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience


  • BSc Psychology - Dissertation Supervisor
  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience  - Research Project Supervisor
I am broadly interested in using cognitive or neurobiological indices to explain variability in human behaviour
  •     Cognitive Neuroscience
  •     Social Cognition
  •     Numerical Cognition

Current work

I am primarily interested in individual variation in brain and behaviour, and how we can use the brain to explain differences in cognitive function or ability. I'm interested in questions regarding how and why, for example, Cognitive functions change over the lifespan, and with what consequence (behaviourally and psychologically).

My research involves developing experimental paradigms that can be used to modulate specific parts of the brain, in order to better understand the functions of those brain regions. Initially working with healthy adults, I have begun teasing apart those higher-cognitive functions that support Theory of Mind, giving attention to those supporting brain networks with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS).
  • 2016 Aston University LHS School Studentship
  • 2008-2013 ESRC – Open Competition
I am happy to supervise students who are interested in Social Cognition or Social Cognitive Neuroscience, particularly in terms of projects around:
  • Health ageing and 'Theory of Mind'
  • Executive function & 'Theory of Mind' processing
  • Individual Differences in Social Cognition and the brain





We are not currently recruiting research participants. However, if you would like to know more about future studies, please get in touch with the research team via email lhs_hartwright_lab@aston.ac.uk
  • Foyzul Rahman - PhD Neuroscience (2017 - date); co-supervisor: Prof K Kessler
  • Tom James - PhD Neuroscience (2018 - date); primary supervisor: Prof A Burgess