School of Business and Economics


Tony Dawson

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My research is focused on using brain imaging, and psycho-physiological techniques to investigate the relation between cognitive workload and learning.

I am planning to apply these techniques to information processing and decision-making in high risk environments, especially policing. I served as a police officer in London for 30 years, with experience in community policing, professional standards, strategy and policing IT. 

Research Interests:

Cognitive workload (brain imaging and psycho-physiological measurement of cognitive workload), psycho-physiology, fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy), learning, decision-making, policing 


Prof Tom Jackson, Dr Martin Sykora and Dr Steve Summerskill (Design School)

Thesis Title/Topic:

Cognitive workload in multimedia learning