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Aidan J Horner
Senior Lecturer



  • BSc Psychology, University of York, UK (2005)
  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, University of York, UK (2006)
  • PhD Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, UK (2010)

Aidan completed a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of York. He then undertook doctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge and was a visiting scholar at Stanford University during this period. Following postdoctoral positions at the Otto-von-Guericke University and University College London, he returned to York as a lecturer in Psychology in 2016.


  • Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, USA (2008)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Otto-von-Guericke University, Germany (2010-11)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, University College London, UK (2011-16)



My research interests are broadly related to how the brain remembers information over long periods of time. How are we able to remember life events from weeks, months or even years ago? How are we able to navigate through a city we haven’t visited for several months?

I use experimental psychology, virtual reality, brain imaging and computational modelling to understand the neural mechanisms that support long-term memory.


Selected publications

  • Horner, A.J., Bisby, J.A., Wang, A., Bogus, K., & Burgess, N., (2016) The role of spatial boundaries in shaping long-term event representationsCognition, 154, 151-164.
  • Horner, A.J., Bisby, J.A., Zotow, E., Bush, D., & Burgess, N., (2016) Grid-like processing of imagined navigation, Current Biology, 26, 842-847.
  • Horner, A.J., Bisby, J., Bush, D., Lin, W-J., & Burgess, N. (2015) Evidence for holistic episodic recollection via hippocampal pattern completionNature Communications, 6:7462.
  • Horner, A.J., & Burgess, N. (2014) Pattern completion in multi-element event engramsCurrent Biology, 24(9), 988-992.
  • Horner, A.J., Gadian, D.G., Fuentemilla, L., Jentschke, S., Vargha-Khadem, F. & Duzel, E., (2012) A rapid, hippocampus-dependent, item-memory signal that initiates context memory in humansCurrent Biology, 22(24), 2369-2374.
  • Henson, R.N., Eckstein, D., Waszak, F., Frings, C., & Horner, A.J. (2014) Stimulus-response bindings in primingTrends in Cognitive Sciences, 18(7), 376-384.

Full publications list

See Google Scholar or the York Research Database.

Contact details

Dr Aidan J Horner
Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychology
Room PS/B215

Tel: 01904 324603