George's doctoral research investigates the way in which reward learning affects cognition. Specifically, he is interested in the role of reward learning in the control of working memory (WM). At the neural level, George is interested in the role of the dopamine system and the striatum in controlling activity in the prefrontal cortex.
He is developing behavioural paradigms to investigate the functional interaction between reward and working memory. He also uses MEG to investigate the cortical networks involved in control of working memory, and the effect of schizophrenia-linked genes upon brain dynamics during the performance of WM tasks (in collaboration with Helena Cousijn and Prof. Paul Harrison).
George grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Physiology at the University of Cambridge, where his research project was supervised by Dr Kate Plaisted. He completed a Wellcome-trust funded 2008 summer studentship in the laboratory of Prof. Stuart Baker, in Newcastle. He took an MSc in Neuroscience at Oxford before joining the B+C lab as a DPhil student.