Connecting European Neuroscience

Richard Roche

Communication committee member (2020 - 2022)


Dr Richard Roche is Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, Maynooth University, where he has been employed since 2005, following undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral study at Trinity College, Dublin. 

2011-2013: Vice-President, Neuroscience Ireland.
2013 – 2015: President, Neuroscience Ireland.
2013 – 2015: Founding President, Irish Brain Council.
2014: Winner – The Brain Art Prize Best Abstract Representation of the Brain

Most Relevant Societal Roles:

In addition to acting as Secretary, Vice-President and President of Neuroscience Ireland, as well as Founding President of the Irish Brain Council, Dr Roche's other duties and roles have included: conference organisation (e.g. Neuroscience Ireland Conference 2011, Young Neuroscientists Symposium 2014, Economics & Psychology Conference 2013), FENS-SfN funded advocacy events (e.g. one-day workshop 2012; IBC Launch event 2013), outreach activities (BNA-Neuroscience Ireland Festival of Neuroscience 2019; BAW 2019) and FENS History Committee projects.

Academically, Prof. Roche is Year 2 manager, BSc placement organiser, and Chair of the Maynooth University Biomedical Sciences Research Ethics Sub-Committee (BSRESC). Also External Examiner to two programmes (Behavioural Neuroscience MSc at UCD, Psychology BA at IADT). 


Dr Roche has been committed to science outreach and public engagement, and has been involved in multiple science outreach projects in the last 10 years. He has a strong experience in website development and social media management. He can be followed on Twitter at @RRocheNeuro

- Creation of a Virtual Museum of Irish Brain Science.


Neuropsychology, Cognitive Neuroscience & Cognition, specifically Memory & Ageing, including Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Semantic Dementia; Attention, Perception and Learning; Cognitive Processing & Recovery after Stroke and TBI; Gait analysis post-stroke and in ageing; Schizophrenia, Psychosis and Psychotic-Like Experiences PLEs; Synaesthesia; Neuroecomonics.

Current research interests include the use of Reminiscence Therapy in preserving memory and cognitive function in older age and dementia. Since 2016, following the award of an IRC New Horizons project grant, I have carried out a number of studies investigating the efficacy of Reminiscence Therapy – weekly, group-based, guided reminiscence – for maintaining memory and cognitive function in older age and early dementia. These studies involved behavioural measures and functional brain scanning. 



1. Kenney, JPM, Ward, C, Gallen, DG, Roche, RAP, Hohensen, N, Cassidy, C, Keane, MA & Hogan, MJ. (2019). Self-iniated learning reveals memory performance and electrophysiological differences between younger, older and older cognively-declined adults. European Journal of Neuroscience. doi: 10.1111/ejn.14530

2. Walshe, EA, Ward, C, O'Neill, D, Paerson, MR, Roche, RAP, Collins, DR, & Commins, S. (2019). Comparable gait performance during execuve and non-execuve funcon dual-tasks suggests funconal recovery in chronic stroke: a pilot study. Gait & Posture, 71:181-185. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2019.05.004

3. Rogers, M, Boland, B, Clarke, S, Craven, A, Fassbender, C, Gill, M, Hardiman, O, Henshall, D, Lynch, T, Mitchell, K, Pender, N, Rogan, C & Roche, RAP (2019). Building a Supporve Framework for Brain Research in Ireland: Inaugural Posion Paper of The Irish Brain Council. European Journal of Neuroscience, 1-9.

4. Allen, AP, Doyle, C, Commins, S & Roche, RAP (2018). Autobiographical memory, the ageing brain and mechanisms of psychological intervenons. Ageing Research Reviews, 42: 100-111.

5. Roche, RAP, Farina, FR & Commins, S (2018). Why Science needs Art: From historical to modern day perspecves. Routledge, UK.

6. Farina, FR, Mitchell, KJ & Roche, RAP (2017). Synaesthesia lost and found: Two cases of people- and music-colour synaesthesia. European Journal of Neuroscience, 1-6. DOI: 10.1111/ejn.13492.

7. Rawdon, C, Murphy, JR, Blanchard, MM, Kelleher, I, Clarke, MC, Kavanagh, F, Cannon, M & Roche, RAP (2013). Reduced P300 amplitude during retrieval on a spaal working memory task in a community sample of adolescents who report psychoc symptoms. BMC Psychiatry, 13, 125.

8. Roche, RAP & Commins, S (2009). Pioneering Studies in Cognive Neuroscience. Maidenhead, UK: McGraw-Hill.

9. Roche, RAP, Mangaoang, MA, Commins, S & O’Mara, SM (2005). Hippocampal contribuons to neurocognive mapping in humans: A new model. Hippocampus, 15, 622-641. 5/18/2020

10. Garavan, H, Ross, TJ, Murphy, K, Roche, RAP & Stein, EA (2002). Dissociable execuve funcons in behavioural control: Inhibion, error detecon and correcon. NeuroImage, 17, 1820-1829.

Richard Roche