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 (UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences) and Honorary Lecturer on the MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience programme (Communication Skills in Cognitive Neuroscience) and BSc Psychology course (Perception, Attention and Action module). He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (a charity dedicated to providing training and support for child mental health services).

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

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 has spent time with the Duchess of Cambridge to talk about brains and show her the brain scanner at the Birkbeck-UCL Centre for Neuroimaging. Kate is passionate about childhood mental health and is keen to learn about how children's brains develop emotionally and socially. Find out more here.