Dr Andrew J D Nelson


Research group:
Behavioural Neuroscience
029 208 75048
Tower Building, Park Place

Research summary

My research interests are in the neurobiology of learning and memory. I am currently involved in projects testing non-spatial functions of the retrosplenial cortex as well as examining the contribution of the rostral thalamus to cognition.

Teaching summary

Levels 1 and 2: I Introductory lectures on biological psychology (PS2017). Cognitive practicals and tutorials on perception, cognition and abnormal/clinical psychology.

Level 3 Final year project supervision on a variety of topics.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)


Full list of publications


Media activities



BBSRC  Research Grant “Stimulus processing and cognitive control by the retrosplenial cortex”.(with John Aggleton, Seralynne Vann, Frank Sengpiel; 3 years from October 2014; £554,000)

Research collaborators

Prof John Aggelton, Cardiff University
Dr Seralynne Vann, Cardiff University
Dr Helen Cassaday, University of Nottingham

Postgraduate research interests

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application here.

Undergraduate education

1995 BA University of Bristol, History
2003 BSc University of Nottingham, Psychology

Postgraduate education

2007 PhD. Cardiff University, Thesis: Behavioural and Neurochemical Analysis of Stimulus-Response Habits in Rats.
Supervisor: Professor Simon Killcross.
BBSRC Studentship.

Awards/external committees

2006 Hadyn Ellis Prize for Outstanding Dissertation


2015-present: Lecturer, School of Psychology, Cardiff University.
2011-2015: Behavioural Neuroscience Research Group, School of Psychology, Cardiff University. BBSRC and Wellcome Trust funded post-doc positions
2008-2010 – School of Psychology, University of Nottingham. Wellcome Trust funded post doc position.