Tim Bussey is Reader in Cognitive & Behavioural Neuroscience in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Studies at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He has two first degrees, in Psychology and Chemistry, and received a PhD from the University of Cambridge where he worked with Prof Trevor Robbins. He did his post-doctoral work in Cardiff and at the NIMH in Bethesda, MD.
Dr Bussey’s work has involved several different converging methods of enquiry. His experimental work and theoretical ideas have been published and discussed in journals such as Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Current Opinion in Biology, Science, PNAS and Annual Reviews in Neuroscience. Dr Bussey’s achievements include the development of a computer-automated cognitive testing method. Dr Bussey’s theoretical work has challenged prevailing views regarding the organisation of brain function, and has recently been substantiated by a number of studies carried out in his own and several independent laboratories. In another stream of research he has elucidated the neural mechanisms underpinning object recognition memory and related cognitive functions. He is currently using the methods developed in these studies to investigate psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases, and is testing potential therapeutic agents.