Professor Adrian Burgess

Professor of Psychology

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

Room: SW 612B
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 4054
Fax: +44 (0)121 204 4090

Research Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research Centre

Aston Brain Centre

Prof A Burgess

Teaching Group 

Psychology: Undergraduate and Postgraduate 

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Hans Berger is often quoted as saying that he hoped EEG would become a ‘window on the mind’. We’re still waiting for that dream to come true but my main research interest is in trying to make it happen. A recent account of my research interests is available on You Tube  From rhythms in the brain to the music of the mind

Specialist Subjects:

  • Changes in the EEG coincident with spontaneous (i.e. emergent) changes in perceptual state 
  • Functional Connectivity, particularly the development and adaptation of measures sensitive to non-linear connectivity 
  • Neural Correlates of Consciousness, especially Tononi & Edelman’s Dynamic Core Hypothesis 
  • Application of the above ideas to clinical conditions that affect conscious states such as epilepsy, schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder 
  • The effects of mobile telephones on the brain 
  • Burgess AP (Principal Investigator), Seri S & Elliot P (2013). Exploring the Paradoxical Effects of TETRA RF on Human Neurophysiology, June 2013 for 4 months, total value, £35,000
  • Walden AP & Burgess AP (2006). Multivariate time series graphical modelling for analysis of brain connectivity in schizophrenia sufferers, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, from January 2007 for 3 years, total value £227,451 
  • Elliott P, Little M, Neasham D, Burgess AP. (2003). “Airwave Health Monitoring Study”, Home Office, May 2003 for 15 years, total value £4,766,906. 
  • Burgess AP (Principal Investigator), Kennard C, Elliott P, Little M, Neasham D (2003). “The effect of Terrestial Trunked Radio (Tetra) on Cognitive and Neurophysiological functioning in Police Officers”. Home Office, Commenced Spring 2005 for two years, total value  £290,352   
  • Module Organiser of Approaches to Psychology (PY1134)

  • Introduction to Psychology (PY1129)

  • Abnormal Psychology (PY1133)

  • Individual Differences and Psychometrics (PY2231)

  • Personality & Intelligence (PY3354)

  • Psychosis (PY3129)

  • Quantitative Methods and Advanced Statistics (M702)

  • BA(Hons) in Experimental Psychology, St Catherine's College, Oxford, President of the Junior Common Room 
  • MSc in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey 
  • PhD in Psychology, London University 
  • Basic Grade Clinical Psychologist, Adult and Neuropsychology Services, Charing Cross Hospital (1987-1989)   
  • Research Officer, Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School (1989-1991)   
  • Lecturer in Psychology as Applied to Medicine, Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School Honorary   
  • Senior Clinical Psychologist, Riverside Mental Health Trust (1991-1998)   
  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology as Applied to Medicine, Imperial College London (1998-2005) 
  • Professor of Psychology, Swansea University (2005-2008) and Head of Department of Psychology & Deputy Head of School of Human Sciences (2007-2008) 
  • Head of Psychology Aston University (2008-2012) 
  • Professor Psychology, Aston University (2008-present)
  • British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience (Formerly British Psychophysiological Society) -1995 to present

    • President (2002-2007)

    • Treasurer and Membership Secretary (1995-2002)

  • British Psychological Society

    • Associate Fellow

    • Chartered Clinical Psychologist Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology

    • Practitioner Member of the Division of Neuropsychology

    • Member of the Mathematical, Statistical and Computing Special Interest Group

  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Recent publications