BSc Psychology (First Class), University College London
Highly commended by Dean of Faculty of Life Sciences for outstanding academic achievement
MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology (Distinction), University College London
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:
Identified as an ESRC Future Research Leader
Awarded the British Academy's Wiley Prize in Psychology
Identified as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science
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"
Posters presented at Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St Pete
"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"
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.
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