University of Cambridge MEG lab

University of Cambridge MEG lab

Research topics

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit is part of the Clinical School of the University of Cambridge, and a leading research centre for advancing understanding of human cognition such as memory, attention, perception, language and emotion. Our research is organised into over a dozen programmes funded by the MRC. The MEG lab is used by a range of external projects. The Unit also hosts projects supported by other funders in relevant fields. The openly accessible CBU Wiki pages provide a wealth of information on neuroimaging data analysis.

EEG/MEG are an essential part of the large-scale collaborative Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (CamCAN).

Core Cognitive Neuroscience Programmes

Top-down control in the typically and atypically developing brain – Duncan Astle
Brain mechanisms of attention and control – John Duncan
Disorders of Attention and Executive Function – Tom Manly
Behavioral and sensory decisions: the impact of dementia and Parkinson’s disease – James Rowe
The Rise And Fall Of Executive Functions: Modelling neurodevelopmental changes in higher cognitive abilities – Rogier Kievit
Cognition, Emotion and Mental Health – Tim Dalgleish
Listening in noisy situations by normal-hearing listeners and cochlear implant users – Bob Carlyon
Adaptive processes in speech and language – Matt Davis
Cognitive and neural basis of inhibitory control – Michael Anderson
Working memory and its disorders – Sue Gathercole
Systems Neuroscience of Human Memory and its Disorders – Rik Henson
Short-term memory and reading – Dennis Norris

Neuroimaging Methods

Multimodal Imaging and Effective Connectivity – Rik Henson
MRI Analysis and Acquisition at 3T and 7T – Marta Correia
EEG/MEG Analysis and Eye-Tracking – Olaf Hauk
Multivariate Pattern Analysis and Open Neuroimaging – Johan Carlin

Research facilities and equipment

The CBU houses an Elekta Neuromag Vectorview EEG/MEG system (306 MEG channels, up to 120 EEG channels). We routinely record MEG in combination with 70-channel EEG. The MEG lab is equipped with an SMI eye-tracker (250 Hz). The CBU has a Siemens Prisma Fit 3T scanner on-site. The CBU is a stakeholder in a Siemens 7T Terra fMRI scanner at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre. We also own a separate 128-channel Brain Products BrainAmp EEG system, as well as an fMRI-compatible Geodesics EEG system.

Our MEG Wiki pages provide more detailed information about our facilities.


The CBU EEG/MEG lab is located at the main site of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.


University of Cambridge MEG team


Olaf Hauk
Head of EEG/MEG

Academic Investigators

For a list of our programme leaders and their research programmes, please visit:

Core Staff

Clare Cook
MEG Lab Manager

Lucy MacGregor
EEG/MEG Research Support

Matthew Sharrock
Neuroimaging Facilities Manager

Darren Price
Data Analysis Coordinator, CamCAN project

Tina Emery
Research Assistant

Post-Doctoral Researchers

For a list of our post-docs, please visit:

PhD Students

For a list of students, please visit:

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