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Elizabeth Warrington

Elizabeth Warrington

Professor Elizabeth Warrington FRS


Elected: 1986


Elizabeth Warrington is a neuropsychologist who studies memory, dementia and the neural networks that underpin our cognitive abilities. Her work has led to the creation of many tests for the diagnosis and monitoring of a number of degenerative brain conditions. Her work on memory — and the difference between how we remember knowledge and events — led to the identification of semantic dementia in 1975.

In addition, her research into memory has contributed to the identification of implicit memory — the unconscious memory of past experiences, which helps us to perform tasks. Elizabeth was also amongst the first to distinguish short- and long-term memory as being distinct processes.

Elizabeth has received many awards in recognition of her work, including honorary doctorates from the University of Bologna in 1998 and the University of York in 1999. In addition, the British Neuropsychological Society named their outstanding early-career research award the Elizabeth Warrington Prize in her honour.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Health and human sciences
    • Clinical neuroscience
  • Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences
    • Behavioural neuroscience
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