The history of the BNS

The foundation of the British Neuropsychological Society (BNS) was formed in 1989 as a result of the joining together of two former groups: the Neuropsychology Interest Group (NIG) and the Cognitive Neuropsychology Group (COGNIG). The amalgamation was based on the insight that there is a positive symbiotic relationship between clinical investigations of patients with neuropsychological impairments and basic cognitive science.

As such, innovative neuropsychological studies not only improve our knowledge, diagnosis, rehabilitation and clinical management of patients but also the findings can lead to novel insights about the nature and neural basis of cognitive functions - generating significant shifts in cognitive theory. In return, advances in sophisticated cognitive neuroscience methods and theories enhance our understanding of the neural basis of cognition and its development from childhood to old age.

The BNS will always continue to embrace, share and celebrate findings and innovations irrespective of the source and discipline in which they arise.

Our biannual meetings are designed as a forum for basic cognitive neuroscientists, clinicians from the clinical neurosciences and allied health professionals in order to present and discuss cutting-edge theory, neuroscience methods, and their translation into clinical practice.

The following photograph was taken at one of the first meetings.

The BNS has since consisted of two meetings a year at the National and currently Queen Square. There have been some exceptional events, like the 1997 Festschrift for Elizabeth Warrington, held at London zoo, and the 25th anniversary conference, held at St Hugh's, Oxford.