Richard Cook

Social Perception Research Group

University Education:


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

Positions Held:

February 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 

February 2018 - present 

Honorary Research Fellow, University of York

Awards and honours:

2013 Identified as an ESRC Future Research Leader

2014 Awarded the British Academy's Wiley Prize in Psychology

2015 Identified as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science  

2018 Awarded the Twenty-Sixth Prize Lecture by the Experimental Psychology Society  

2018 Awarded the Seventeenth Elizabeth Warrington Prize by the British Neuropsychological Society

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)


Notable talks

2010 Talk given at Annual Symposium on Associative Learning, Gregynog

2011 Talk given at Annual Symposium on Associative Learning, Gregynog

2012 Talk given at the Bristol Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society

2014 Talk given at MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London 

2014 Talk given at ESRC workshop on Social Cognition (University of Surrey) 

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

2016 Talk given at UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

2017 Talk given at EPS workshop on Social Perception (University of Reading)

2017 Talk given at Nottingham University, Department of Psychology Weekly Seminar Series 

2018 Talk given at Birkbeck College, Department of Psychology Weekly Seminar Series 

Peer Review:


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. 


ESRC, MRC, BBSRC, Leverhulme Trust 

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