Dr Keith R. Laws

B.Sc., Ph.D., C.Psychol., PGCertHE, AFBPsS, FHEA

Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology

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Keith Laws is Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology and Head of Research in the School of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He completed a PhD at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge and is the author of over 100 papers and a recent book entitled 'Category-Specificity: Evidence for Modularity of Mind'.

He is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching and various academic organisations including the British Neuropsychological Society, British Neuropsychiatric Association, Experimental Psychology Society.


One consistent theme of his research over the past 20 years has been the cognitive deficits that blight the lives of people with schizophrenia. Two of his papers (Laws 1999; Hill et al 2004) were described as amongst the top 70 most influential published articles in schizophrenia ("Just the Facts": What we know in 2008 Schizophrenia Research, 100, Tanden et al 2008).

In 1999, he received a Young Investigator Award (from the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research), which described his research as 'superior' and identified him as a 'future leader' in the schizophrenia field. Another recent article examining the use of CBT in people with schizophrenia ('Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for major psychiatric disorder: does it really work? Lynch, Laws & McKenna 2010) published in Psychological Medicine is amongst the most accessed articles in 50 years of the journal.

Most recently, his research has also focused on cognitive problems in Alzheimer's disease, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Professor Laws' research has often been featured in the media around the world including, for example, his work on how the recreational drug Ecstasy impairs memory, and how women are better at multitasking than men.


He has been interviewed by numerous radio stations, and featured in newspapers and magazines ranging from the Sun to the Telegraph, the Times, Newsweek, Reuters, Scientific American, and Nature.