Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

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Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, University College London.jpg
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore speaking at the Latitude Festival in 2015
Born (1974-08-11) 11 August 1974 (age 45)[1]
EducationOxford High School
Alma mater
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity College London
ThesisRecognising the sensory consequences of one's own actions (2000)
Doctoral advisor
InfluencesUta Frith

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore FBA (born 11 August 1974)[1] is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London and co-director of the Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in Neuroscience at UCL[5][6][7][8][9][10]


Blakemore was educated at Oxford High School and St John's College, Oxford where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Experimental psychology in 1996.[1][2] She completed postgraduate study at University College London where she was awarded a PhD in 2000[11] for research co-supervised by Daniel Wolpert and Chris Frith.[4][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19]

Research and career[edit]

After her PhD, she was appointed an international postdoctoral research fellow from 2001 to 2003 to work in Lyon, France, with Jean Decety on the perception of causality in the human brain. This was followed by a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship (2004–2007) and then a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2007–2013) at UCL.[2] She is actively involved in increasing the public awareness of science, frequently gives public lectures and talks at schools and acted as scientific consultant on the BBC series The Human Mind in 2003.[2] Blakemore has an interest in the links between neuroscience and education and has co-authored a book with Uta Frith[20] on The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education.[21] She co-directs the Wellcome Trust four Year PhD Programme in Neuroscience at UCL and serves as editor-in-Chief of the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.[2]

As of 2017 Blakemore's research covers the development of social cognition and decision-making during human adolescence.[3][22][23][24][25][26] She is a member of Royal Society BrainWaves working group for neuroscience and the Royal Society Vision Committee for Maths and Science Education 5-19.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

Blakemore has been awarded a number of prizes including the British Psychological Society Doctoral Award 2001, the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal for outstanding early career research 2006, the Lecturer Award 2011 by the Swedish Neuropsychology Society and the Young Mind & Brain Prize from the University of Turin 2013.

Blakemore was awarded the Royal Society's Rosalind Franklin Award in 2013[27] and the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize in 2015.[28] Blakemore held a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship from 2007 to 2013.[2] In March 2015 Blakemore was interviewed by Jim Al-Khalili on BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific.[29]

In July 2018 Blakemore was elected Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).[30] The British Psychological Society awarded Blakemore the Presidents' Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge in August 2018 which provides a lifetime membership to the Society. [31] Blakemore was the winner of the 2018 Royal Society Prize for Science Books for her book Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Blakemore is the daughter of Sir Colin Blakemore[29] and Andrée Blakemore (née Washbourne).[1] She has two sons.[33]


  1. ^ a b c d Anon (2017). "BLAKEMORE, Prof. Sarah-Jayne". Who's Who. (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.258273. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Anon (2010). "Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore". London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 11 November 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

  3. ^ a b Sarah-Jayne Blakemore publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ a b Daniel Wolpert CV
  5. ^ a b "Iris Profile". UCL. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  6. ^ Sarah-Jayne Blakemore's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain, TED talk, Edinburgh 2012-09-17 on YouTube
  8. ^ Sarah-Jayne Blakemore on the teenage brain at the Royal Society 2013-11-08 on YouTube
  9. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic[dead link]
  10. ^ Sarah Jayne Blakemore's Entry at ORCID
  11. ^ Blakemore, Sarah-Jayne (2000). Recognising the sensory consequences of one's own actions (PhD thesis). University College London. OCLC 53611534.
  12. ^ Blakemore, S. J.; Wolpert, D. M.; Frith, C. D. (2002). "Abnormalities in the awareness of action". Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 6 (6): 237–242. doi:10.1016/s1364-6613(02)01907-1. PMID 12039604.
  13. ^ Blakemore, S. J.; Frith, C. D.; Wolpert, D. M. (2001). "The cerebellum is involved in predicting the sensory consequences of action". NeuroReport. 12 (9): 1879–84. CiteSeerX doi:10.1097/00001756-200107030-00023. PMID 11435916.
  14. ^ Blakemore, S. J.; Wolpert, D; Frith, C (2000). "Why can't you tickle yourself?". NeuroReport. 11 (11): R11–6. doi:10.1097/00001756-200008030-00002. PMID 10943682.
  15. ^ Blakemore, S. J.; Frith, C. D.; Wolpert, D. M. (1999). "Spatio-temporal prediction modulates the perception of self-produced stimuli". Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 11 (5): 551–9. doi:10.1162/089892999563607. PMID 10511643.
  16. ^ Blakemore, S. J.; Wolpert, D. M.; Frith, C. D. (1999). "The cerebellum contributes to somatosensory cortical activity during self-produced tactile stimulation". NeuroImage. 10 (4): 448–59. doi:10.1006/nimg.1999.0478. PMID 10493902.
  17. ^ Blakemore, S. J.; Wolpert, D. M.; Frith, C. D. (1998). "Central cancellation of self-produced tickle sensation". Nature Neuroscience. 1 (7): 635–40. doi:10.1038/2870. PMID 10196573.
  18. ^ Blakemore, S. J.; Goodbody, S. J.; Wolpert, D. M. (1998). "Predicting the consequences of our own actions: The role of sensorimotor context estimation". The Journal of Neuroscience. 18 (18): 7511–8. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.18-18-07511.1998. PMC 6793221. PMID 9736669.
  19. ^ Sarah-Jayne Blakemore at TED Edit this at Wikidata
  20. ^ Blakemore, Sarah-Jayne; Frith, Uta (2005). "The learning brain: Lessons for education: a precis". Developmental Science. 8 (6): 459–465. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7687.2005.00434.x. ISSN 1363-755X. PMID 16246234.
  21. ^ Blakemore, Sarah-Jayne; Frith, Uta (2005), The learning brain : lessons for education, Blackwell, ISBN 978-1405124010
  22. ^ "Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience". UCL. 14 June 2010. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  23. ^ Blakemore, S. J.; Mills, K. L. (2014). "Is Adolescence a Sensitive Period for Sociocultural Processing?". Annual Review of Psychology. 65: 187–207. doi:10.1146/annurev-psych-010213-115202. PMID 24016274.
  24. ^ Blakemore, S. J. (2013). "Teenage kicks: Cannabis and the adolescent brain". The Lancet. 381 (9870): 888–889. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61578-5. PMID 23117180.
  25. ^ Blakemore, S. J. (2008). "The social brain in adolescence". Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 9 (4): 267–77. doi:10.1038/nrn2353. PMID 18354399.
  26. ^ Blakemore, S. J.; Choudhury, S. (2006). "Development of the adolescent brain: Implications for executive function and social cognition". Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 47 (3–4): 296–312. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2006.01611.x. PMID 16492261.
  27. ^ "Rosalind Franklin Award". Royal Society. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  28. ^ "Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize". Jacobs Foundation. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  29. ^ a b Al-Khalili, Jim (2015). "Sarah-Jayne Blakemore on teenage brains". BBC.
  30. ^ "Record number of academics elected to British Academy | British Academy". British Academy. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  31. ^ "Adolescent brain expert honoured by the British Psychological Society". Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  32. ^ Cain, Sian (1 October 2018). "Myth-busting study of teenage brains wins Royal Society prize". the Guardian. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
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