Dr Fiona Richardson

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Research Supervision:Yes

Fiona is a cognitive scientist with an enthusiasm for combining multiple approaches (artificial neural networks, brain imaging, and cognitive testing) to explore the relationship between the brain and cognition.



Fiona joined Anglia Ruskin as a Senior Lecturer in 2012. Prior to this she worked in London for 8 years as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. During this time she worked with Professor Michael Thomas at Birkbeck, and then with Professor Cathy Price, at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Imaging Neuroscience UCL. Fiona has a strong interest in structural and functional MRI, and the use of neuro-computational models to explore the relationship between the brain and cognitive function.

Areas of research supervision

  • Cognitive development
  • Developmental language disorders
  • Acquired language disorders


BSc (Hons) Psychology,   BSc (Hons) Abnormal and Clinical Psychology,   BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology

  • Language and Thought
  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology

MSc Research Methods in Psychology,   MSc Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience

  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Imaging and Diagnostics in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Current Theoretical Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience


  • PG Cert in Higher Education (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • Registered Occupational Ability Test User (BPS)
  • PhD in Cognitive Science (2004). University of Hertfordshire.
  • BSc (Hons) in Cognitive Science (1999). University of Hertfordshire.

Selected recent publications

Journal articles

Ramsden, S., Richardson, F.M., Josse, G, Shakeshaft C., Seghier, M.L., & Price, C.J. (2013). The influence of reading ability on subsequent changes in verbal IQ in the teenage years. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 6 (100), 30-39.

Ramsden, S., Richardson, F.M., Josse, G., Thomas, M.S.C., Ellis, C., Seghier, M.L., & Price, C.J. (2011). Verbal and non-verbal intelligence in the teenage brain. Nature, 479 (7371), 113-116.

Richardson, F.M., Seghier, M.L., Leff, A.P., Thomas, M.S.C., & Price, C.J. (2011). Multiple routes from occipital to temporal cortices during reading. Journal of Neuroscience, 31 (22), 8239-8247.

Richardson, F.M., Ramsden, S., Ellis, C., Burnett, S., Megnin, O., Catmur, C., Schofield, T.M., Leff, A.P., & Price, C.J. (2011). Auditory short-term memory capacity correlates with grey matter density in the left posterior superior temporal sulcus in cognitively normal and dyslexic adults. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23 (12), 3746-3756.

Richardson, F.M., Thomas, M.S.C., Filippi, R., Harth, H., & Price, C.J. (2010). Contrasting effects of vocabulary knowledge on temporal and parietal brain structure across lifespan. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22 (6), 1283-1298.