Dr Clayton Hickey MA, PhD

Dr Clayton Hickey

School of Psychology
Associate Professor
BSc Neuroscience Programme Lead

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School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Hickey uses tools from cognitive neuroscience – fMRI, EEG, MEG, TES, eye-tracking, and drug challenge – to study how our prior experience of the world dictates the manner in which we sense and perceive it.


  • MA (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
  • PhD (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)


Dr Hickey’s graduate training was completed under the supervision of John McDonald and Vince Di Lollo at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, and Jan Theeuwes at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. After receiving a PhD in 2011 he worked as assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2011 – 2013) and the University of Trento, Italy (2013 – 2018), before beginning as senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham in September of 2018.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Hickey is always interested in talking to potential students and postdoctoral fellows. Please do not hesitate to contact him via email.


Research Interests:

Perception, Attention, Decision making, Reinforcement learning, Incentive salience, Dopamine, Plasticity, Naturalistic vision, Crossmodal integration

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