Short CV/Education and training

  • Beth Jefferies completed an MA in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and a PhD in Neuropsychology at the University of Bristol. She then moved to the University of Manchester in 2003, where she worked as an RCUK Research Fellow investigating disorders of semantic cognition and language following stroke and dementia. During these years, she started to use complementary neuroscientific methods (transcranial magnetic stimulation; functional neuroimaging) to investigate hypotheses about the neural basis of semantic cognition and language that emerged from the ongoing patient studies. In 2007, she moved to the Department of Psychology at the University of York.

Selected publications

  • Jefferies, E., & Lambon Ralph, M. A. (2006). Semantic impairment in stroke aphasia vs. semantic dementia: A case-series comparison. Brain, 129, 2132?2147.

  • Pobric, G., Jefferies, E., Lambon Ralph, M. A. (2007) Anterior temporal lobes mediate semantic representation: Mimicking semantic dementia by using rTMS in normal participants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 104: 20137-20141.

  • Corbett, F., Jefferies, E., Eshan, S., Lambon Ralph, M. A. (2009) Different impairments of semantic cognition in semantic dementia and semantic aphasia: Evidence from the non-verbal domain. Brain, 132, 2593-2608.

  • Noonan, K., Jefferies, E., Corbett, F., Hopper, S. & Lambon Ralph, M. A. (2010) Elucidating the nature of deregulated semantic cognition in semantic aphasia: Evidence for the roles of prefrontal and temporoparietal cortices. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 1597-1613.

  • Pobric, G., Jefferies, E., & Lambon Ralph, M.A. (2010) Induction of category-specific vs. general semantic impairments in normal participants using rTMS. Current Biology, 20, 964-968.

  • Whitney, C., Jefferies, E., Kircher, T. (2011) Heterogeneity of the left temporal lobe in semantic representation and control: Priming multiple vs. single meanings of ambiguous words. Cerebral Cortex, 21, 831-844.

  • Whitney, C., Kirk, M., O'Sullivan, J., Lambon Ralph, M. A., & Jefferies, E. (2012). Executive semantic processing is underpinned by a large-scale neural network: Revealing the contribution of left prefrontal, posterior temporal, and parietal cortex to controlled retrieval and selection using TMS. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24, 133-147.

  • Visser, M., Jefferies, E., Embleton, K. V., & Lambon Ralph, M. A. (2012). Both the middle temporal gyrus and the ventral anterior temporal area are crucial for multimodal semantic processing: Distortion-corrected fMRI evidence for a double gradient of information convergence in the temporal lobes. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24, 1766-1778.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Beth currently holds grants from BBSRC, ERC and Stroke Association which employ multiple methods to explore the neural basis of semantic cognition and conceptual-linguistic interactions, including the evolution of cortical processing over time (using magnetoencephalography).

  • A new project is also using electrical stimulation (tDCS) to explore the potential for improved rehabilitation of acquired disorders of semantics and language, building on Beth's previous work that examined the underlying cause of semantic deficits in different patient groups.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • British Neuropsychological Society committee member


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