Trevor Robbins

Trevor Robbins

Trevor W. Robbins, born 26 November 1949, United Kingdom, Head of the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge; Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge; Angharad Dodds John Fellow in Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry, Downing College, Cambridge; Director, University of Cambridge Behavioural and Neuroscience Institute (MRC and Wellcome Trust).

Honors and awards

  • 2011 Distinguished Scientific Contribution. American Psychological Association
  • Commander of the British Empire (CBE) U.K. New Year’s Honours List 2012, for services to medical research
  • 2005 Fellow of the Royal Society, London
  • 2005 IPSEN Fondation Synaptic Plasticity Prize
  • 2002 European Behavioural Pharmacology Society, Distinguished Achievement Award

Research Interest

My work focuses on functions of the frontal lobes of the brain and their regulation by the chemical monoamine neurotransmitter systems in humans and other animals. This work is relevant to neuropsychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, depression, drug addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. I devise and employs psychological paradigms for investigating cognitive functions including planning, decision-making, learning, attention and self-control, often with brain imaging. I am especially interested in mechanisms underlying possible cognitive enhancing effects of drugs and in understanding the causation and neural basis of drug addiction and impulsive-compulsive behaviour.