Professor M. Jane Riddoch PhD, MCSP

Professor M. Jane Riddoch

School of Psychology
Honorary Professor in Cognitive Neuropsychology

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jane Riddoch is a cognitive neuropsychologist whose research covers visual disorders (agnosia, optic aphasia), disorders of attention (neglect, extinction) and action (apraxia, action disorganisation syndrome) and neuropsychological rehabilitation. She originally trained as a physiotherapist, then took a degree and PhD in Psychology. She has published 150 papers in leading international journals and authored/edited 5 books.




Professor Riddoch teaches courses in cognitive neuropsychology to Level 2 and Level 3 students

Postgraduate supervision

Nabeela Ahktar: Visual routines (writing up)
Hailey Wright: Human visual attention to socially salient stimuli (writing up)
Rachael Ludford: Affordances in action (writing up)
Sarah Rappaport: Unitising colour and shape: The effects of stored knowledge on visual selection (writing up)


Visual attention: Grouping processes in perceptual organisation and their interaction with visual attention.

Space processing: Investigation of the neural mechanisms involved in space perception and cognition.

Mental imagery: Investigations into the equivalence of mental imagery and visual perception.

Shape and object recognition: Investigation into the nature of processing underlying object recognition.

Vision and action:Investigations into how visual information is used in the selection of actions to objects.

Other activities

2010-2011 President British Science Association (Psychology Section)

2008-2010 Committee Member of the Experimental Psychology Society

2007-  Treasurer of the Federation of European Societies of Neuropsychology (ESN)

2011- External Examiner, Aberdeen University (BSc)

2009 - 2014 External Examiner, University of Edinburgh, MSc/Dip Human Cognitive Neuropsychology

2007 - 2011 External Examiner, Cardiff University (BSc)


Selected publications

Humphreys, G. W. Hodsell, J. and Riddoch, M. J. (2009). Fractionating the binding process:   Neuropsychological evidence from reversed search efficiencies.    Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35, 627-647

Riddoch, M. J., Rappaport, S. J. and Humphreys, G.W. (2009). Extinction: A window into attentional competition. In Narayanan Srinivasan, editors: Progress in Brain Research, 176, 149-159.

Humphreys, G.W. and Riddoch, M. J (2009). Fractionating object recognition. Perception,   38, 942-943.

Riddoch, M.J., Humphreys, G.W., and Bodley-Scott, S. (2010). No direction home: Extinction is affected by implicit motion. Cortex, 46, 678-684.

Riddoch M.J., Chechlacz, M., Mevorach, C. Mavritsaki, E., Allen, H. and Humphreys G.W.    (2010). The neural mechanisms of visual selection: The view from neuropsychology. Annals of New York Academy of Science,  1191, 156-181.

Johannsen, L., Wing, A. M., Pelton, T., Kitaka, K., Zietz, D., Brittle, N., Van Vliet, P., Riddoch, M. J., Sackley, C., McManus, R. (2010). Seated bilateral leg exercise effects on hemiparetic lower extremity function in chronic stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 24, 243-253.

Humphreys, G. W., Riddoch, M. J., Yoon, E-Y., Kumar, S. and Lestou, V. (2010). Attention and the potential for action. British Journal of Psychology, 101, 185-206.

Humphreys, G. W., Riddoch, M. J., Yoon, E-Y., Kumar, S. and Lestou, V. (2010). Attention and its coupling to action. British Journal of Psychology, 101, 217-219.

Humphreys, G.W., Wolff, M., Yoon, E-Y., and Riddoch, M.J. (2010). Effects of action relation and affordance that do and do not depend on a self-reference frame:   Neuropsychological evidence. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 36,659-670 .

Yoon, E. Y., Humphreys, G. W., & Riddoch, M. J. (2010). The Paired-Object Affordance Effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Human Perception and Performance, 36(4), 812-824.

Rappaport, S. J, Riddoch, M. J. Humphreys, G. W (2011). The grouping benefit in extinction: Overcoming the temporal order bias. Neuropsychologia, 49, 151-155.

Riddoch, M. J., Riveros, R., & Humphreys, G. W. (2011). Functional relations trump implied motion in recovery from extinction: Evidence from the effects of animacy on extinction. Neurocase, 17, 1-10.

Punt, D., Kitadono, K., Hulleman, J., Humphreys, G.W., Riddoch, M.J. (2011). Modulating wheelchair navigation in patients with spatial neglect: a case series. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 21, 367-383.

Riddoch, M. J., Pippard, B., Booth, L., Rickell, J., Summers, J., Brownson, A., et al. (2011).   Effects of Action Relations on the Configural Coding Between Objects. Journal of   Experimental Psychology-Human Perception and Performance, 37(2), 580-587.