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Holly Diane Brown
Research Technician / PhD student in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging



  • BSc (hons) Psychology, University of York, UK, 2010-2013
  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, University of York, UK, 2013-2014
  • PhD Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, University of York, UK, 2017-present


  • University of York, Department of Psychology, Research Associate 2014-2017 (Fight for Sight funded Project)

Departmental roles

  • Psychology ECR co-chair: 2016-2017
  • Department PhD rep: 2017-present



Assessing the status of visual cortex following retinal disease.


My research involves multiple neuroimaging and behavioural measures including MRI, fMRI, DTI, clinical visual assessments (VA, microperimetry, perimetry) and psychophysics. Combining methods will allow me to explore potential changes in structure and function of visual cortex in individuals with retinal disease and age-matched sighted controls. I am particularly interested the function of the lesion projection zone and under what viewing conditions neural activity can be observed (potentially a marker for reorganisation), as well and assessing higher-level visual processing, such as face recognition. Understanding the neural consequences of vision loss is essential to ensuring the success of treatments developed to restore retinal function; if visual cortex is not viable and capable of processing new incoming information, restoration attempts will not be successful.

Research group(s)

Vision Science


  • Prof Antony Morland (Supervisor, University of York)
  • Dr Heidi Baseler (University of York)
  • Dr Richard Gale (York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

Contact details

Ms Holly Diane Brown
Research Technician / PhD Student
Department of Psychology
The University of York
Heslington, York, YO10 5DD
Room: YNIC 0.81/2

Tel: 01904 567613


Selected publications

  • Brown, H. D., Woodall, R. L., Kitching, R. E., Baseler, H. A., & Morland, A. B. (2016). Using magnetic resonance imaging to assess visual deficits: a review. Ophthalmic and physiological optics, 36(3), 240-265. (