DR JAKE FAIRNIE IS A BRAIN SCIENTIST BASED AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON



Jake has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

He is currently Head of Communications for the UCL Psychology and Language Sciences and Honorary Lecturer on the BSc Psychology course (Perception, Attention and Action module).

Jake also teaches foundational neuroscience on a Guardian Masterclass that helps people develop healthy digital habits (read more here), in collaboration with Mind over Tech.

Jake previously held a Postdoctoral Research Associate post at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (UCL Institute of Education) and a Postdoctoral Researcher post in the UCL Attention and Cognitive Control Laboratory.

He has also been Science Consultant on James May ‘Things You Need To Know’ (Brain special; BBC2), Britain’s Brightest (BBC1), Hidden Talent (Channel 4), Open University (Psychology Course) and Weird Warfare (History Channel USA).


You can read some of Jake's published scientific research here:

  • Hobbiss, Fairnie, Jafari & Lavie. (2019). Attention, Mindwandering, and Mood. Consciousness and Cognition. Volume 72, Pages 1-18. (click here to read)
  • Remington & Fairnie. (2017). A sound advantage: Increased auditory capacity in autism. Cognition. Volume 166, Pages 459-465. (click here to read)
  • Fairnie, Moore & Remington. (2016). Missing a Trick: Auditory Load Modulates Conscious Awareness in Audition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. (click here to read)
  • Lavie, N. & Fairnie, J. (2015). Age of Distractions. BrainFocus White Paper Report. (click here to read)
  • Carmel, D., Fairnie, J., & Lavie, N. (2012). Weight and see: loading working memory improves incidental identification of irrelevant faces. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 286. (click here to read)

Jake spent time with the Duchess of Cambridge to talk about brains and show her the brain scanner at the Birkbeck-UCL Centre for Neuroimaging (BUCNI) in November 2018. 

Kate is passionate about childhood mental health and is keen to learn about how children's brains develop emotionally and socially.