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Dr Alison Lane, BSc, MA, PhD

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40431
Room number: RH005

(email at


I completed my undergraduate degree, Masters degree and PhD all at Durham University, here in the Psychology department. I then worked as a post-doctoral research associate on a project examining the neural mechanisms of visuo-spatial attention with Dr Ellison. Throughout these positions I began to specialise in the clinical neuropsychology of vision, which remains my main area of interest.

Research Interests

My main research interest is in clinical neuropsychology, specifically vision and spatial attention. I am involved in research examining compensatory interventions for people with visual field defects and I am mainly interested in the role which attention plays in such rehabilitation. As part of this work we have developed Durham Reading and Exploration (DREX) training which is free app for the rehabilitation of partial visual loss. More information can be found at:


My additional research involves examining the neural mechanisms of visual attention, with focus on the roles of areas such as posterior parietal cortex and frontal eye fields. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) are the primary techniques that I employ in this area.

More broadly I am also interested in mental health and wellbeing, particularly issues like stress and stigma. This includes an interest in how factors such as this could also influence successful rehabilitation following neurological injury.

Research Groups

Department of Psychology

Research Interests

  • Visual Field Defects
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Visuospatial attention

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2015: BPS William Inman Prize: Awarded the BPS William Inman Prize for the paper entitled "Efficacy and feasibility of home-based training for individuals with homonymous visual field defects"

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

Journal Article

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Vision / eye movement: Rehabilitation of visual function
  • Neuroscience:
  • Medical and health research topics:
  • Psychology:
  • Vision / eye movement:

Selected Grants

  • 2019: Can cognitive tests differentiate Progressive Supranuclear Palsy from Parkinson's disease? (£148494.43 from The Dunhill Medical Trust)
  • 2016: An examination of factors influencing the success of a training app for individuals with a partial visual loss (£68644.00 from The Dunhill Medical Trust)
  • 2015: Seedcorn Impact Funding: Rehabiliation of visual deficits following brain injury; getting training into clinical practice
  • 2014: Rehabilitation of visual function after brain injury (£105000.00 from AHSN)

International Collaboration

  • Dr Thomas Schenk

Teaching Areas

  • MSc Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience

    (5 hours/year.)
  • Yr 1 Classic Papers in Applied Psychology

    (8 hours/year.)
  • Yr 3 Cognitive Neuroscience in Practice

    (22 hours/year.)
  • Yr 3 Psychology in the Workplace

    (10 hours/year.)
  • Dissertation Supervision
  • MSc Techniques in Cognitive Neuroscience (11 hours/year.)
  • Yr 2 Tutorials

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