Ian Robertson

International scientific advisory board

1969-1973 BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University of Glasgow, 1973.
1976-1978 MPhil in Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, 1999-present Professor of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin,
1988-1991 Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh.
1988 PhD in Neuropsychology, University of London
1989-1990  Medical Research Council Travelling Fellow, University of Rome, Italy.
1991-1999  Senior Scientist. Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge.
1997 – 1999  Fellow, Hughes Hall College, Cambridge.
2000-2005 Director, Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience

Professor of Psychology Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Visiting Professor, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College, London
Visiting Professor, Bangor University, Wales, UK
Staff Scientist Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto
1984-1991 Director of Neuropsychology, Astley Ainslie Rehabilitation Hospital, Edinburgh.

Robertson’s group has a particular focus on the mind/brain mechanisms underlying attention, particularly with respect to the evidence that attention has a privileged role in mediating experience-dependent plastic changes in the brain. 
The methods used include neuropsychological and cognitive testing, EEG/ERP, fMRI, MRI, pupillometry, simultaneous EEG/fMRI, Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation. 
It also focusses on cognitive ageing and in developing technology-based solutions to allow population-scalable deployment of theoretically-sound and empirically-validated intervention methods.

Head of School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin
Founding Director, Trinity College Institute of Neursocience


  • Robertson IH (2013) A noradrenergic theory of cognitive reserve: Implications for Alzheimer’s disease. Neurobiology of Aging 34, 298–308
  • Hoerold D, Pender, N and Robertson IH (2013) Metacognitive and Online Error Awareness Deficits after Prefrontal Cortex Lesions. Neuropsychologia 51, 385-391.
  • Greene CM, Bellgrove MA, Gill M, Robertson IH (2009) Noradrenergic genotype predicts lapses in sustained attention Neuropsychologia 47 (2), 591-594.
  • O’Connell RG, Bellgrove MA, Dockree PM, Lau A,  Fitzgerald M, Robertson I H (2008) Self-Alert Training: Volitional Modulation of Autonomic Arousal Improves Sustained Attention. Neuropsychologia 46, 1379-1390
  • O’Keeffe F,  Murray B, Coen RF, Dockree P,  Bellgrove M  Garavan H, Lynch T, Robertson IH (2007) Loss of Insight in Frontotemporal Dementia, Corticobasal Degeneration and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.  Brain 130, 753-764