Dr Mark Stokes

Associate Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience, Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity, Department of Psychiatry; Fellow of New College


Dr Stokes' research explores the role of selective attention in perception, working memory and flexible decision-making. He is particularly interested in how these core cognitive functions are integrated for goal-directed adaptive behaviour.

As Head of the Attention Group at the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (OHBA), he leads research exploring the mechanisms that underpin high-level cognition in the human brain. This research programme uses a broad range of complementary methods for measuring and stimulating brain activity with high temporal and spatial resolution. The group are also exploring new ways to translate their research in fundamental cognitive neuroscience to psychiatric models of mood disorders and schizophrenia.


  • Neuroscience
  • Brain imaging
  • Attention
  • Working memory
  • Fluid intelligence
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) and magnetoencephalogram (MEG)

Media experience

Dr Stokes has consulted for the Discovery Channel's 'Curiosity' programme and for BBC1's 'Bang Goes the Theory'. He has also contributed to the journal of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, Science in Parliament.