Prof Klaus Kessler

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience 

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
B4 7ET

telephone: +44 (0) 121 204-3187

Research Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research Centres and Facilities

Aston Brain Centre (ABC)

Aston Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments (ALIVE)

Centre for Research in Vision and Hearing (CRVH)

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)

Prof Klaus Kessler
Prof Klaus Kessler

I joined the Aston Brain Centre and the School of Life and Health Sciences in May 2013, having spent the previous 7.5 years at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging and the School of Psychology at Glasgow University.
I obtained my Diploma in Psychology from Mannheim University in 1995. I also finished my PhD in Mannheim (1999) while working at the Collaborative Research Centre "Situated Artificial Communicators" at Bielefeld University. I was then employed as a researcher at the Wolfson Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Wales, Bangor and subsequently in the MEG (Magnetoencephalography) Laboratory at Duesseldorf University before coming back to the UK.

I am Head of the Brain Stimulation Lab at the ABC and part of the ABC steering group. 
I am co-director of the new Aston Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments (ALIVE) that hosts an immersive VR  room  (CAVE), a motion capture lab, a driving simulator, and several head-mounted displays (HMD) that integrate with a Cyberith Virtualizer omnidirectional treadmill.

  •   Diploma in Psychology (Dipl-Psych), Mannheim University (Germany) 1994

  •   PhD in Psychology, Mannheim University (Germany) 1999

05/2013 -- Present     Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University
09/2010 – 04/2013     Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow
08/2005 – 08/2010     Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Glasgow University
05/2002 – 07/2005     Research Officer, MEG Laboratory, Department of Neurology, Duesseldorf University
02/2001 – 04/2002     Research Officer, School of Psychology, University of Wales, Bangor
02/1995 – 01/2001     Research Assistant (postdoctoral after June 1999), Department of Linguistics, Bielefeld University

In Psychology I teach a 2nd year module on "Brain and Behaviour" (PY2242) together with Dr Dan Shaw (convenor) and Dr Ed Walford (convenor of practical element) and a 3rd year module on “Basics of Joint Attention” (PY3005). 

I will be involved in teaching on the new "Neuroscience" degree.

I also teach on the Msc "Cognitive Neuroscience" and convene the module "Advanced Methods of Cognitive Neuroscience".


Final Year Project options are listed on my "research project options" page

I employ MEG and EEG experiments (evoked responses, oscillations, and synchronisation) as well as behavioural studies to investigate the following topics: Visual working memory, selective attention, the mirror system, and embodied (social) cognition. Recently, I have developed research interests in Ageing, Autism, Compulsive Checking, and drug-related memory biases. 
With the new development of ALIVE (see Roles) I am highly interested in studying the above brain mechanisms and disorders within realistic virtual environments.

Gerard Gooding-Williams (since 01/2014, LHS)
Eleanor Callaghan (since  01/2015,  LHS  & Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, co-supervised by Carol Holland)
Robert Seymour (since 10/2015, cotutelle with Macquarie University, co-supervised by Gina Rippon)
Ainara Jauregi (since  01/2015, LHS)
Lei He (since 10/2014, EAS,  co-supervision with  Hai  Zhuge)
Victoria Schroeder (since 10/2014 @University of Birmingham, co-supervision with Dr Craig McAllister)
Nicholas Alexander (since 01/02/2017), joint PhD with University of Nottingham, Dr Matt Brookes
Ewelina Rosiecka 
(since 01/02/2017) co-supervision with Dr Sarah Carrington and in collaboration with Dr Ashley Liew at (CAMHS, BCH). Scholarship funded by Birmingham Chrildren's Hospital Research Foundation (BCHRF).
Foyzul Rahman (since 07/2017, LHS) 
co-supervision with Dr Charlotte Hartwright.

04/2005-03/2006            FoKo Duesseldorf University, New Investigator Grant, “Function tracking by frequency tagging”, PI

09/2006-08/2007            ESRC Research Grant, “Gender processing of lexically specified vs stereotypical nouns: An EEG study”,
                                    Co-Investigator with Prof. Simon Garrod (PI), £ 81,008
11/2006-10/2009            BBSRC Research Grant, “Cortical Networks for Flexible Organisations” Co-Investigator with Prof. Philippe
                                    Schyns (PI) and Dr. Marie Smith, £ 215,425
09/2007-08/2011            ESRC Large Grant, “Social interaction: A cognitive-neurosciences approach”, Co-Investigator with Simon
                                    Garrod (PI) and 15 colleagues of Glasgow University, CCNi., £ 3,949,709
04/2011-03/2013            ESRC Research Grant, “Understanding the two forms of Visuo-Spatial Perspective Taking: “I know what
                                    you can see” versus “I see the world through your eyes””. PI Kessler, £ 100,000 (FEC)
05/2013-04/2015            MRC Research Grant, “Investigating the neural basis for checking, selective attention and working
                                    memory in obsessive compulsive disorder, through MEG and TMS”. PI Kessler, £ 333,000 (FEC). Co-Is:
                                   J. Cavanagh, G. Thut, J Gross
2012 - 2017                  “MRC Partnership Grant: Building capacity in UK clinical MEG research”. ~ £ 1,444,852. Overall PI: Krish
                                   Singh (Cardiff); PI for Glasgow: K Kessler (Co-I: J Gross).
2014                             Wolfson Foundation Infrastructure grant “Aston Laboratory of Immersive Virtual Environments (ALIVE)”.                                           £200,000.  PI: Meese, Co-PIs: Kessler, Anderson, Holland, Lumsden.

Recent Publications