Associate Professor

Contact Information

Britt AndersonOffice:  Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology building (PAS) 4039
Phone: 519-888-4567 x33056
Webpage: Britt Anderson's website

Appointed to Psychology in Behavioural Neuroscience


PhD, Brown University (2006)
MD, University of Southern California (1984)
BS, University of Arizona (1980)


Dr. Anderson combines computational and empirical approaches in the study of spatial attention and general cognitive ability. His most recent work looks at reaction time patterns in individuals with spatial neglect (a disorder of spatial attention) performing a simple target detection task and tries to account for the results in a Bayesian, probabilistic, framework that incorporates a prior probability for the spatial location of target appearance. In addition, working on datasets that involved multiple simultaneously recorded neurons from awake behaving monkeys, Dr. Anderson employs different data analysis techniques to gain insight into the time scale of neural cooperation. Lastly, Dr. Anderson is exploring how  the processing capacities of neural networks built from biologically inspired elements scale with variations in the number, connections, and reliability of the constituent elements as a way of understanding normal variation in human general cognitive ability.

University of Waterloo

Waterloo researchers among top in Canada

Chris Eliasmith writing on a whiteboardChris Eliasmith, Director of the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, received the prestigious John C. Polanyi Award  and is also an inaugural member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.

Profiles by type

How to Build a Brain

Chris Eliasmith’s team at the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience has built Spaun, the world’s largest simulation of a functioning brain. The related book is now available and for the full article Waterloo Stories.


This is a collection of coverage of work with Nengo (Neural Engineering Objects) that has appeared in the popular press recently.