School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Thomas Bak

Photograph of Dr Thomas Bak
0131 650 3441
S3 (7GS)
Research Interests
Relationship between language, cognition and motor function.

Dissociation between the processing of nouns/objects & verbs/actions, crosscultural and crosslinguistic aspects of cognitive evaluation, cognitive & linguistic symptoms in neurodegenerative diseases (Motor Neuron Disease/MND, Corticobasal Degeneration/CBD, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy/PSP, Primary Progressive Aphasia, ALS/Parkinsonism/Dementia Complex of Guam).


  • Cognitive Neuroscience (Year 2)
  • Disorders of Language Functions (MSc)

Office hours:

Tuesday 3pm - 5pm

Representative Publications

  1. Bak TH, O'Donovan DG, Xuereb JH, Boniface S, Hodges JR (2001) Selective impairment of verb processing associated with pathological changes in the Brodman areas 44 and 45 in the motor neurone disease / dementia / aphasia syndrome. Brain, 124, 103-120.
  2. Bak, TH, Yancopoulou D, Nestor PJ, Xuereb JH, Spillantini MG, Pulvermüller F, Hodges JR (2005) Clinical, imaging and pathological correlates of a hereditary deficit in verb and action processing. Brain, 129, 321-332.
  3. Bak TH, Rogers TT, Crawford LM, Hearn VC, Mathuranath PS, Hodges JR (2005) Cognitive bedside assessment in atypical parkinsonian syndromes, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Pyschiatry. 76, 420-422.
  4. Bak TH, Caine D, Hearn, VC, Hodges, JR (2006) Visuospatial functions in atypical parkinsonian syndromes. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. 77, 454-456.

Curriculum Vitae