Professor Jonathan Foster
- Neurodegenerative disorders
If ‘biocognition’ is a term that piques your interest, let us introduce you to Jonathan who, put more simply, researches the biological processes that impact on human behaviour and cognition.
Humans are both biological and carbon-based information processing organisms. Jonathan has dedicated the past four decades to investigating the biological and computational factors, mechanisms and constraints that impact on how we learn, think and behave in variety of contexts. Of particular interest to Jonathan is how these processes are affected during the stages of life when our systems are subjected to specific, dynamic influences; in adopting this approach, it is possible to infer necessary, sufficient and exclusive processes.
At CHIRI, Jonathan researches the underlying mechanisms influencing brain functioning across the lifespan in order to provide insights into neurocognitive and neurobehavioural changes in healthy ageing and also in age-related diseases such as dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease) and Type 2 diabetes.
Jonathan is trained in cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, experimental psychology, psychopharmacology, applied neuroimaging methods and clinical neuropsychology. He is especially interested in and excited by the power of convergent, multi-disciplinary processes in facilitating our understanding of neurological disorders. This approach to clinical neuroscience research is pursued at CHIRI through the world-leading methods and the array of international expertise associated with the institute.
Research interests – clinical neuroscience, including cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, experimental psychology, psychopharmacology, applied neuroimaging methods and clinical neuropsychology.