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Dr Frederic Dick is Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience (Associate Professor) at Birkbeck, University of London. Since receiving his PhD from the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California-San Diego in 2003, Dr Dick undertook a research fellowship at the University of Chicago’s Brain Research Imaging Centre before becoming a faculty member in the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck in 2004. From 2006-07 he was acting director of the Birkbeck/UCL Centre for NeuroImaging (BUCNI) and since 2007 has been associate director of BUCNI. Dr Dick’s research in auditory cognitive neuroscience is on characterising the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying processing of naturally occurring linguistic and non-linguistic sounds. His work focuses on understanding complex skills such as spoken language understanding by studying their relationship to other expert skills such as musical performance, environmental sound recognition and face processing. More recently he has developed techniques with colleagues at Birkbeck and UCL for in-vivo mapping of human auditory areas using MRI.


MRI, fMRI, lesion analysis, patient studies, timed behavioural measures.