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

  • Interactions between cognition and physical activity for brain health including BDNF responses to different exercise parameters
  • The effect of physical exertion on decision making and neural correlates (e.g., EEG)
  • Neurophysiological correlates with fatigue (in sporting, occupational & clinical settings)
  • Mental fatigue in different settings.
  • Training effects on cognition, brain function (e.g., cerebral blood flow, EEG measures) and exercise performance


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.

Current projects include:

  • Mental fatigue in occupational, sporting and clinical settings. Collaborations including VUB, Belgium.
  • Training for improved cognitive and physical performance.
  • Exercise factors that influence acute cognitive performance.
  • Improving exercise prescription for cognitive wellbeing and healthy ageing – physical activity, cognitive activity and assessments. BDNF response. Ongoing collaborations with ANU
  • Physical activity and cancer survivors. Cerebrovascular health and cognition.
  • An integrated approach to monitoring occupational demands and improving resilience and performance readiness in military personnel. Human Performance Research Network (HPRnet).
  • Collaborator on UK Biobank project, application 47813, 'Towards a comprehensive predictive model of the contribution of individual and combination of risk factors to brain ageing, neurodegeneration, and cognitive decline’ led by Professor Nic Cherbuin, ANU.

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

Effect of acute modafinil ingestion on cognitive and physical performance following mental exertion

Rattray, B., Martin, K., Hewitt, A., Cooper, G. & McDonald, W., Jul 2019, In : Human Psychopharmacology. 34, 4, p. 1-9 9 p., 2700.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Physical Endurance
Heart Rate
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