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Department of Psychology
Goldsmiths, University of London,
My research broadly fits into two streams: social neuroscience and visual cognition.
Within these streams I work on the following topics:
For further details and a full publication list see my lab website at www.banissy.com.
Work featured in several media sources, eg New Scientist magazine , Scientific American, Reuters, and the BBC. Invited talks given at a number of public events, eg Open City Docs Fest and Wellcome Trust Packed Lunch Series. Articles written for several popular science outlets (eg Scientific American, AEON Magazine).
BSc MSc PhD
Enhancing the perception of social facial cues using non-invasive brain stimulation. Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leaders Grant (2013-2016). £298,656
Mechanisms of self-other discrimination in mirror-touch synaesthesia. BIAL Foundation Research Grant (2013-2015). €44,000
Development of the neural basis of shared touch in human infancy. British Academy Small Grant (Co-Investigator; 2013-2014). £9,295
Social Perception Across the Lifespan. Economic and Social Research Council Seminar Series Grant (2012-2014). £14,760
TDCS studies of face perception. British Academy Small Grant (2012-2014). £10,000
Mirror-touch: Film & Mirror-touch Synaesthesia. Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant (Network Partner; 2012-2014). £58,789
Brain stimulation studies of vocal identity processing. Royal Society Research Grant (2011-2012). £7,700
Neurocognitive mechanisms of synaesthesia: Implications for the role of cross-modal interactions in perception and cognition. British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2013). £248,331
Simulation Processes in Social Cognition. Economic and Social Research Council (2009-2010). £96,298
My current research fits broadly into two main areas: 1) neurocognitive mechanisms of social perception and 2) synaesthesia.
My research in this area examines the brain basis of our ability to perceive and interpret social signals displayed by others (e.g. emotional expressions, facial identity, voice perception, eye gaze), how these abilities vary between us, and how they change as we age. My lab use a range of techniques including human brain imaging, non-invasive brain stimulation, and neuropsychology (e.g. prosopagnosia studies) to address these questions.
My work on synaesthesia partially overlaps with the work on social perception. Here, I have examined a rare experience in which individuals experience tactile sensations on their own body when simply observing touch/pain to another person. This interpersonal synaesthetic experience, known as mirror-touch synaesthesia, offers insights not only into the condition of synaesthesia, but also into how our brain shapes interpersonal representations between self and other. In addition to this, my lab are also conducting studies examining other variants of synaesthesia including linguistic-colour synaesthesia (where words evoke colour experiences), lexical-gustatory synaesthesia (where words evoke taste experiences), and tone-colour synaesthesia (where listening to music evokes visual experiences).
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