Jon Simons, PhD

Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology
Fellow, Emmanuel College

Jon Simons is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge, where he leads a research programme seeking to understand the brain regions involved in human memory.

After studying Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, Jon undertook a PhD at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge with John Hodges and Kim Graham, before moving to a post-doctoral position at Harvard University to work with Dan Schacter. On returning to the UK, he took up a senior research fellowship at UCL, followed by a move back to Cambridge, where he is now principal investigator in the Memory Laboratory at the Department of Psychology. The laboratory's research has been funded by grants from the BBSRC, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the Leverhulme Trust, and through affiliation with the University of Cambridge Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, supported by a joint award from the MRC and the Wellcome Trust.

Jon has published around 100 papers in top-ranking international journals, and has held positions on editorial boards (e.g., Science magazine's open access section, Science Advances) and funding panels (e.g., BBSRC). His work has been recognised with the Experimental Psychology Society EPS Prize, a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award, the Memory Disorders Research Society Laird Cermak Award, and Fellowship of the Association for Psychological Science.