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Please email to discuss potential projects. Current interests working towards include:

  • Interactions between cognition and physical activity for brain health
  • The effect of physical exertion on decision making
  • Interactions between diet and sleep in fatigue (in a sporting/occupational setting)
  • Neurophysiolocial correlates with fatigue (in a sporting/occupational setting)
  • Training effects on cognition and brain function


Ben Rattray is an Associate Professor in Exercise Physiology at the University of Canberra working with the UC Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UC-RISE). Ben teaches across a number of Exercise Physiology related units at both undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as convening of postgraduate research courses. Rattray was an invited author for five chapters of the first edition of Exercise Physiology, Australia and New Zealand textbook, published in 2014, a common undergraduate prescribed textbook. Ben’s research concentrates on understanding the links between exercise and the brain, including the role of exercise in improving cognitive abilities, and the cerebrovascular response in both acute and chronic settings. This work is applied in a range of contexts including military, occupational, health and high performance sport settings. Ben now heads a small research group, the Active Brain Research (Twitter) at UC. But, to be honest, he would rather be orienteering, running, mountain biking, adventure racing, playing basketball, kayaking or skiing (all badly), and be spending time with his family.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sydney

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Projects 2010 2021

Research Output 2010 2019

Can the intensity of physical activity be accurately measured in older adults using questionnaires?

Northey, J. M., Rattray, B., Pumpa, K. L., Smee, D. J., Welvaert, M., Anstey, K. J. & Cherbuin, N., 2019, In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Surveys and Questionnaires
Sex Education
Linear Models
physiological factors
Military Personnel

Responsiveness and Seasonal Variation of a 12x25m Swimming Test

Mitchell, L. J., Rattray, B., Wu, P., Saunders, P. U. & Pyne, D. B., 24 Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 0, 0, p. 1-20 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


The Impact of Environmental Stress on Cognitive Performance: A Systematic Review

Martin, K., McLeod, E., Périard, J., Rattray, B., Keegan, R. & Pyne, D. B., 2019, In : Human Factors. p. 1-42 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Task Performance and Analysis
Oceans and Seas
Hot Temperature
Sea level

Cognition in breast cancer survivors: A pilot study of interval and continuous exercise

Northey, J. M., Pumpa, K. L., Quinlan, C., Ikin, A., Toohey, K., Smee, D. J. & Rattray, B., 6 Dec 2018, In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cerebrovascular Circulation
Breast Neoplasms
Episodic Memory
Blood Flow Velocity