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Samuel Westwood was awarded his PhD from Aston University, Birmingham in 2018. His project investigated whether language, memory, and executive functions in healthy participants could be improved with a non-invasive form of brain stimulation known as tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation).  

He joined King’s College London in 2017 as a post doctoral research associate in the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (C&AP) department. He is currently working with Professor Katya Rubia on a project investigating whether combining cognitive training and tDCS can improve inattention and self-control in boys with ADHD.   

He is also the C&AP Department representative for the IoPPN postdoc network committee.  

He is the local lead for the UK Reproducibility Network , a peer-led consortium that aims to ensure the UK retains its place as a centre for world-leading research by promoting rigorous research. He is also the founder and co-organiser of two open research initiatives at King’s College London, The RIOT Science Club and The King’s Open Research Group Initiative (KORGI). 

Research Interests

  • Meta-science  
  • Scientific rigour  
  • Open science 
  • Replications 
  • Neuromodulation 
  • Neuroimaging  
  • Language 
  • Memory 
  • Executive functions 
  • Cognitive training 
  • Cognitive enhancement  
  • Meta-analyses 
  • ADHD 

Research Groups

  • The RIOT Science Club 
  • KORGI 
  • UKRN 
  • IoPPN PostDoc Network 
  • Research Innovation Committee (RIC) 

Expertise and Public Engagement

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Key Publications

Westwood, S. J., & Romani, C. (2018). Null Effects on Working Memory and Verbal Fluency Tasks When Applying Anodal tDCS to the Inferior Frontal Gyrus of Healthy Participants. Frontiers in neuroscience, 12, 166. 

Westwood, S. J., & Romani, C. (2017). Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) modulation of picture naming and word reading: A meta-analysis of single session tDCS applied to healthy participants. Neuropsychologia, 104, 234-249. 

Westwood, S. J., Olson, A., Miall, C., & Romani, C. (2017). tDCS modulation of naming in healthy participants: Negative results and still no explanation–a response to a commentary by Gauvin et al.(2017). Cortex. 

Westwood, S. J., Olson, A., Miall, R. C., Nappo, R., & Romani, C. (2017). Limits to tDCS effects in language: failures to modulate word production in healthy participants with frontal or temporal tDCS. Cortex, 86, 64-82.