Richard G. Morris

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Richard Graham Michael Morris (born 1948)[1] is a British neuroscientist. He is known for developing the Morris water navigation task,[2] one of the currently most-widely used rodent-learning tests, and for his work on the function of the hippocampus.[3]

He is currently the director of the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems (Edinburgh)[4] and the Wolfson Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh.[5] Since 1997, he has been a Fellow of the Royal Society.[6] Morris was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2007.[1]


He received his BA in Natural Science from the University of Cambridge and D.Phil. from Sussex University. He was a Lecturer at the University of St Andrews from 1977 to 1986 where he developed the Morris water navigation task. He moved to the University of Edinburgh in 1986.


  1. ^ a b "Prof Richard Morris, CBE, FRS". Debrett's. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Morris, R.G.M. (May 1981). "Spatial localization does not require the presence of local cues". Learning and Motivation 2 (2): 239–260. doi:10.1016/0023-9690(81)90020-5. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Andersen, P; Morris, R; Amaral, D; Bliss, T; O'Keefe, J, eds. (2007). The Hippocampus Book. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. pp. xx+832. ISBN 978-0-19-510027-3. OCLC 64444087. 
  4. ^ "People/Administration". Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "People/Academic Staff - Prof. Richard Morris, CBE, FRS". Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fellows of the Royal Society". Royal Society. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 

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