Does sugar really affect cognition?

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Associate Professor Nigel Jones 0399030862 Personal web page

Project Details

A recent series of press reports have suggested that sugary drinks may impair cognition in rodents. However, these studies use rudimentary assays for cognition with questionable translational relevance to human populations. This project will use touchscreen-based cognitive assays of working memory and spatial learning, tasks which are analogous to those used in clinical psychology to determine the impact of high sugar diet on these cognitive domains. The cognitive studies will be complemented with in vivo measures of electrophysiology with an aim to investigate a potential mechanism whereby sugar may impact brain function

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.


Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Jones Laboratory: Epilepsy and Behaviour

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

MDHS Research library
Explore by researcher, school, project or topic.