Professor, Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience

Contact information

James Danckert portraitOffice: Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology Building (PAS) 4040
Phone: 519-888-4567 x37014
Webpage: James Danckert's website
Website: Danckert Attention and Action Group

Appointed to Psychology in Behavioural Neuroscience.
Cross-appointed to the Research Institute in Aging.


PhD, La Trobe University (2000)
MA, La Trobe University (1997)
BASc, Melbourne University (1994)


Dr. Danckert’s research explores the role of parietal cortex in the control of visually guided actions and examines the consequences of injury to this part of the brain. He has published in NeuroReport, Brain and Cognition, Neuropsychology, Psychological Medicine, Neuropsychologia, Perception and Psychophysics, Psychological Science among others.

His work focuses on a disorder known as unilateral neglect in which patients behave as if one half of their world has ceased to exist. His recent work on this disorder has involved using prismatic lenses that lead to a shift in visual perception in the patient, as a means of attempting to rehabilitate the disorder. Important findings from this work have provided insights into the disorder that have lead to dramatic changes in neurocognitive models of right parietal function.

Nevertheless, important aspects of the neglect syndrome remain a mystery, including disproportionate effects of prismatic adaptation in patients and dissociations in motor and perceptual skills post-adaptation.

His research is funded by National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF), Canadian Foundation for Innovation/Ontario Innovation Trust (CFI/OIT), and Early Researcher Award (ERA).

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