Masud Husain

Professorial Fellow; Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow; Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience
MA DPhil BMBCh Oxf, FRCP Lond, FMedSci


Masud studied Physiological Sciences at New College (1981-84) before completing his doctorate thesis. He was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to MIT, after which he completed his medical training at Oxford. Masud held a Readership at Imperial College London, followed by a Chair at UCL (2005-12). He is a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the Nuffield Dept of Clinical Neurosciences and the Dept of Experimental Psychology.


Masud is involved in teaching cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology and neurology.

Research Interests

His research group aims to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying attention, memory and motivation in healthy people and how these are disrupted in brain disorders such Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, stroke and ADHD. Their investigations have led to new strategies to improve inattention and memory deficits. The group also studies how people exert control over their actions and decisions, and how these processes become dysfunctional in some neurological conditions leading – at extremes – to impulsivity (rash decision-making) or apathy (poverty of action).

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Selected Publications

  • Manohar SG et al (2015) Reward pays the cost of noise reduction in motor and cognitive control. Current Biology 25:1707-16.
  • Ma WJ, Husain M & Bays PM (2014) Changing concepts of working memory. Nature Neuroscience 17:347-356. 
  • Husain M & Mehta MA (2011)  Cognitive enhancement by drugs in health and disease.  Trends in Cognitive Sciences 15: 28-36.
  • Bays PM & Husain M (2008) Dynamic Shifts of Limited Working Memory Resources in Human Vision. Science 321: 851-854.
  • Nachev P, Kennard C & Husain M (2008) Functional role of the supplementary and pre-supplementary motor areas. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 9:856-869.