John Morton (scientist)

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John Morton OBE, FRS (born 1933) is the professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and was the director of the former Medical Research Cognitive Development Unit at University College London.

Morton's research and contributions to knowledge focus on event memory in adults and children; effects of memory on recall of events; types of memory system; memory pathologies; Multiple Personality Disorder; cognitive models of memory; development of cognitive abilities; and causal models of developmental disorders, particularly autism and dyslexia.

One of his most important theories is the logogen model of word recognition.[1]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Causal modeling of panic disorder theories (2009)
  • The role of 5-HTTLPR in choosing the lesser of two evils, the better of two goods (2008)
  • Modulation of emotions by cognition and cognition by emotion (2007)
  • Differential stimulu-reward and stimulus punishment learning in individuals with psychopathy(2011)


  1. ^ Morton, J. (1969). Interaction of information in word recognition. Psychological Review, 76, 165-178 abstract[permanent dead link]