Learn About Adrian Owen's Renowned Work
Dr. Owen’s scientific work has spanned a wide variety of disciplines—from his work with vegetative patients to exploring the cognitive building blocks that make up human intelligence.
Areas of Research and Discovery
With almost 30 years of research under his belt, Dr. Owen has made significant contributions in many different scientific disciplines.
Vegetative States & Consciousness
Into the Gray Zone explores Owen’s journey into the border between life and death. Research published in Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and The Lancet has pioneered new methods for communicating with people who appear to be in a vegetative state, giving new hope to the patients and their loved ones.
Brain Structure and Function
What secrets can the brain reveal when we look at it directly? Through functional neuroimaging, Owen has uncovered discoveries about how the brain works, both in healthy people and people with ailments such as Parkinson's Disease.
What makes one person perform better than another person at cognitive tasks? Is intelligence one thing or many things? Owen has developed computerized cognitive testing to help answer these questions. In one groundbreaking and controversial study, Owen and his colleagues argue that intelligence arises from several distinct cognitive systems, each with their own network in the brain.
Cambridge Brain Sciences
Dr. Owen has built his scientific career on developing unique ways of assessing brain function. Many of these methods can now be accessed by both the general public and the scientific community at Cambridge Brain Sciences. Owen is the Chief Scientific Officer for the service, which aims to make his groundbreaking research widely available
Many companies claim to be able to improve brain health using cognitive “training” games. Is there evidence for their effectiveness? With the help of primetime BBC science show "Bang Goes The Theory," Owen conducted the largest-ever study of brain training to date. The results were published in Nature, one of the world's leading scientific journals. View a reveal of the results in this BBC video.