Professor Blakemore is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. She is Leader of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.
Her group's research focuses on social cognition and decision-making in human adolescence. Professor Blakemore studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University (1993-1996) and then did her PhD (1996-2000) at the Functional Imaging Lab (FIL) with Chris Frith and Daniel Wolpert, investigating the self-monitoring of action in healthy individuals and people with schizophrenia. She then took up a Wellcome Trust International Research Fellowship (2001-2003) 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 the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.
Professor 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 Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Prize 2013 and the Klaus K. Jacobs Prize 2015. She is actively involved in Public Engagement with Science: frequently gives public lectures and talks at schools, has worked with the Select Committee for Education, and acted as scientific consultant on the BBC series The Human Mind in 2003. Professor Blakemore has an interest in the links between neuroscience and education and has co-authored a book with Professor Uta Frith called The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education. She is Co-Director of the Wellcome Trust’s Four Year PhD Programme in Neuroscience at UCL. She is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.
Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is a member of the Vision for science and mathematics education 5-19 project committee.