Richard Cook

Social Perception Research Group

University Education:


2004-2007

BSc Psychology (First Class), University College London

Highly commended by Dean of Faculty of Life Sciences for outstanding academic achievement


2007-2008    

MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology (Distinction), University College London


2008-2011

PhD in Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences, University College London.

"Visuomotor Correspondence in Imitation and Self-Recognition" pdf

Supervised by Celia Heyes (University of Oxford) and Alan Johnston (UCL); examined by David Shanks (UCL) and Antonia Hamilton (University of Nottingham)


Awards and honours:


July 2013 

Identified as an ESRC Future Research Leader


November 2014 

Awarded the British Academy's Wiley Prize in Psychology


December 2015

Identified as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science 


Positions Held:


Feb 2012 - August 2013 

Lecturer, Department of Psychology, City University London 


August 2013 - August 2017

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, City University London 


September 2017 - present

Reader in Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London 


Teaching & Administrative Responsibilities:


Convenor / Lecturer: Psychology at City (PS1009)

Convenor / Lecturer: Social Perception (PS3026)

Member of Departmental Research & Ethics Committees

Member of Departmental Communications Working Group

Associate admissions tutor

First year tutor BSc Psychology


Major funding awards:

2013 ESRC Future Research Leaders grant (£246,166)

2017 ERC Starting Grant (1.5m euros)


Other funding awards:

2007 ESRC 3+1 Doctoral Studentship award (£82,360)

2007 Summer internship at the ESRC Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution (£3,200) 

2010 Travel award from UCL Graduate School (£420)

2012 Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship on behalf of Miss Isabel Choo (£1,520)

2012 City University Pump Priming award (£4,980)

2013 Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship on behalf of Miss Annie Gaule (£1,520)

2013 Award from City Psychology Dept Research Committee (£1,320)

2014 Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship on behalf of Miss Jennifer Murphy (£2,000)


Invited Talks & Conference Contributions:


2010 Paper presented at Annual Symposium on Associative Learning, Gregynog: "The acquisition of automatic imitation is sensitive to sensorimotor contingency"


2010 Poster presented at Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 2010, Naples, Florida: “Recognition of self-produced and friends' facial motion”


2011 Talk given to UCL's Learning and Memory Research Group: "Counter-mirror learning conforms to associative principles"


2011 Paper presented at Annual Symposium on Associative Learning, Gregynog: "Learning not to imitate is context specific"


2011 Poster presented at Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida: "Glance, Glimpse or Stare? The discrimination of gaze duration"


2012 Talk given to City University's Cognitive Research Group: "From Perception to Action"


2012 Paper presented at the Bristol Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society: "Adults need contingent visual feedback to improve facial imitation"


2013 Poster presented at the 'Mirror Neurons: New frontiers 20 years after their discovery' meeting in Erice, Sicily: "Adults need contingent visual feedback to improve facial imitation"


2014 Posters presented at Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St Pete Beach, Florida:

         "Illusory slowing of dynamic facial features"

         "Evidence for opponent coding of hand-identity within a multidimensional hand-space"

         "Alexithymia explains impaired emotion recognition in eating disorders"

              

2014 Talk given to City University's Cognitive Research Group: "Impaired Social Perception in Autism"


2014 Talk given at MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London: "Social Perception in Neuro-Developmental Disorders”  (Part of the "The Social Brain" Series)


2014 Talk given at ESRC workshop on Social Cognition (University of Surrey): "Face Perception in Autism Spectrum Disorder"


2015 Talk given to the House of Lords Hansard: "Face Recognition"  


2015 Posters presented at Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St Pete Beach, Florida:

         "Autism and Developmental Prosopagnosia: A Cross-Disorder Study"

         "Emotion recognition in Developmental Prosopagnosia"

         "Atypical trait inferences from facial cues in alexithymia"

         "Blocking facial mimicry reduces perceptual sensitivity for facial expressions"



Peer Review:


Journals

Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, Acta Psychologica, Psychological Science, Psychological Research, Biology Letters, Journal of Vision, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Autism Research, Current Biology, Developmental Science, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, PLoS One, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Psychological Medicine, Neuroscience Letters, Attention Perception & Psychophysics, Vision Research, Cognition, Scientific Reports, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Journal of Neuroscience, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Journal of Neurophysiology, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 


Other

Cognitive Science Society, ESRC, BBSRC 


Public Engagement in Science:


Interviewed by various online and print media regarding imitation and mirror neurons (links)


Radio interviews given to BBC Radio Scotland; BBC Radio 4; TalkSport radio; Bavarian Broadcasting