Deniz Vatansever
Research Associate



Deniz has joined the University of York, following his PhD in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge, where he investigated the role of the default mode network (DMN) in human cognition using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Extending this work, his research interest lies in defining the exact cognitive relevance of the DMN by utilising a comprehensive set of analysis techniques including neuropsychological assessments, task-evoked activation, functional connectivity and graph theory.

Previously he has received extensive training on various aspects of neuroscience both during his MSc degree at Imperial College London, UK as well as his BSc degree at Trinity College, USA.  

  • University of Cambridge, PhD in Clinical Neurosciences (2012 - 2016)
  • Imperial College London, Visiting Researcher (2011 - 2012)
  • Imperial College London, MSc in Integrative Neurosciences (2010 - 2011)
  • University of Edinburgh, Visiting Student (2008)
  • Trinity College, USA, BSc in Neuroscience (Minor in Writing, Rhetoric and Media Arts) (2006 - 2010)



Wandering Minds


The major aim of this ERC-funded project is to understand the functional correlates of higher-order thoughts that are experienced by humans during states of mind wandering, via neuropsychological assessments, fMRI and a comprehensive set of analysis techniques.

Research group(s)

Semantics & Mind Wandering Group


  • Jonny Smallwood,
  • Beth Jeffries,
  • Emmanuel Stamatakis


Selected publications

Full publications list

Google Scholar Profile

Contact details

Dr Deniz Vatansever
Department of Psychology
The University of York
YO10 5DD

External activities


  • CamBRAIN: The Cambridge Neuroscience Society (Co-founder and Trustee)
  • Organisation for Human Brain Mapping (member)
  • British Neuroscience Association (member)
  • Society for Neuroscience (member)