Prof. Nicky Edelstyn

Title: Professor in Cognitive Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation
Phone: +44 (0)1782 734318
Location: Dorothy Hodgkin Building 1.94
Role: Research Centre Lead
Contacting me: Try my office or email

I am an academic, cognitive neuropsychological researcher, director of the Psychology Research Centre and former honorary secretary of the British Neuropsychological Society.

I was awarded my PhD in visual neurophysiology from the Department of Communication and Neuroscience, Keele University in 1988, and went onto complete a series of postdoctoral fellowships in the MRC Neuropsychology Unit, Oxford University, with Professor Freda Newcombe; Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Birmingham with Professor Glyn Humphreys; and University Department of Psychiatry, Birmingham, with psychiatrist Professor Femi Oyebode. She returned to Keele University in 1999 as lecturer, promoted to senior lecturer in 2006, and Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation in 2013.

I am a memory researcher specialising in cognitive neuropsychology.  My research tends to cluster into two main themes.
I work with patients with various aetiologies such as stroke, schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, Parkinson’s disease and mild cognitive impairment in order to better understand the subjective experience of memory.
My other research interest is in pathologies of belief, with a focus on the perceptual and cognitive changes associated visual hallucinations, the Cotard’s delusion, the Capgras delusion, anosognosia, somatoparaphrenia, and anarchic hand.

Memory Research

  • Edelstyn, N.M.J., Grange, J.A., Mayes, A.R. & Ellis, S.J. (2016). A deficit in in familiarity-driven recognition following a right-sided mediodorsal thalamic lesion. Neuropsychology
  • Edelstyn, N.M.J., C.M. John, Shepherd, T.A., Drakeford, J.L., Clark-Carter, D., Ellis, S.J. & Mayes, A.R. (2015). Evidence of an Amnesia-Like Recall/Recollection Impairment in Nondementing Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease. Cortex, 71, 85-101.
  • Shepherd, T.A., Edelstyn, N.M.J., Mayes, A.R. & Ellis, S.J. (2013) Second Generation Dopamine Agonists and Recollection Impairments in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Neuropsychology, 7, 284-305. DOI:10.1111/jnp.12025
  • Edelstyn, N.M.J., Mayes, A.R. & Ellis, S.J. (2013). Damage to the mediodorsal thalamic nucleus and intralaminar thalamic nuclei impairs attention in a patient with a right-sided Lesion. Neurocase, 18, DOI: 10.1080/13554794.2012.713497
  • Edelstyn, N.M.J., Mayes, A.R., Denby, C. & Ellis S.J. (2012). Material-specific memory impairment after damage to the Medial Thalamic Region. Journal of Neuropsychology, 6 (1), 119-140. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-6653.2011.02019.x (Winner of JNP 2012 Best Paper Prize)

Psychopathologies of Belief

  • Moro, V., Pernigo, S., Tsakiris, M., Avesani, R., Edelstyn, N.M.J., Jenkinson, P. & Fotopoulou, A. (2016). Motor Versus Body Awareness: Voxel-based Lesion Analysis in Anosognosia for Hemiplegia and Somatoparaphrenia Following Right Hemisphere Stroke. Cortex doi: 10.1016/ j.cortex.2016.07.001.
  • Jenkinson, P.M., Edelstyn, N.M.J., Preston, C. & Ellis, S.J. (2015). Anarchic hand with abnormal agency following right inferior parietal lobe damage: a case report. Neurocase, 5, 1-8. DOI:10.1080/13554794.2014.925936
  • Edelstyn, N.M.J., Drakeford, J.L. & Ellis, S.J. (2014). Visual hallucinations in Parkinson’s Disease: A hierarchy of impairments involving perception, source monitoring and reasoning. Austin Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science, Open access.

Year 1

  • PSY10017: Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY10019: Applied Psychology

Year 2

  • PSY20005: Biological Psychology, Perception and Cognition
  • PSY20023: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSY20033: Psychopathology

Year 3

  • PSY30061: Final Year Research Project
  • PSY30114: Everyday Memory and Amnesia


  • PSY40039: Advanced Research Skills and Design
  • PSY40044: Advanced Study in Cognitive Psychology