Department of Psychology

Professor Joydeep Bhattacharya PhD, FRSA

Position held:
Professor of Psychology

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Room 1-17 Ben Pimlott Building,
Department of Psychology
Goldsmiths, University of London,
New Cross, SE146 NW
London, United Kingdom

Office hours:
By appointment


In the current academic year (2013-14) I co-ordinate the following modules: 

Methods & Techniques in Neuroscience (MSc - CCN/ MMB)

Theoretical Issues in Psychology (MSc - RMIP, MPhil/PhD)

Statistics (MSc - CCN, MMB, FCP)

Research Projects (Third Year UG till Dec'13)

Areas of supervision

I have a broad research interests. Some key topics are:

  • Creativity
  • Music Cognition (Musical expectancy, Emotion, Music and Language etc)
  • Decisin Making & Problem Solving (and also higher complex cognition including cognitive biases and neuroaesthetics)
  • Neuroimaging (EEG, Brain Stimulation)
  • Neural Data Analysis

Presentations and exhibitions

Selected Reports in Media

On our research on Eureka/ Aha! 

BrainWorld Magazine - "The Aha! moment: The creative science behind inspiration." 14-06-12
New Scientist -
"Daydream your way to creativity" 18-06-12
Phillipine Online Chronicles - "After Aha! comes Eureka" 02-07-11
Wall Street Journal
 – “A wandering mind heads straight toward insight” 19-06-09
New Scientist – “Let your mind wander”  06-05-09
The Economist – “Incognito: Conscious and unconscious thought” 16-04-09
The New Yorker – “The Eureka Hunt” (28-08-08)
Times Online – “Can everyone be an Einstein?” (16-11-08)
ABC: Good Morning America – “Science behind mental blocks” (TV report)
BBC World Service (Radio Interview)
The Daily Telegraph – “Relax the brain for that Eureka! moment” (23-01-08) (see also the editorial note)
ABC News – “Memory block? Forget about it” (24-01-08)
NewsWeek – “Eureka! How the brain has Aha moments’ (22-01-08)
Cosmos Magazine – “Secret to problem solving: don’t think too hard” (06-02-08)
Science News – “Insight may lie at the end of a chain of neural reactions” (22-03-2008)
Scientific American – “What are we thinking when we (try to) solve problems?” (25-01-08) (Germany) “Anatomie des Aha-Erlebnisses „ (23-01-08)
ANSA News (Italy) - “Sei disttratto? Arriva lampo di genio” (01-02-08)
La Vanguardia (Spain) “Un estudio neurológico muestra cómo ayudar al cerebro a tener grandes ideas” (23-01-08)
Die Presse (Austria) – “Hirnforschung: Wie das Denken aus Sackgassen ausbricht„ (19-12-2005)
Handelsblatt (Germany) – “Die Anatomie der Gesitesblitze„ (March, 2008)
Le Monde (France) – “Quand l'encéphale prépare l'illumination du "Eurêka !" “ (09-05-09)

On our research on Music induced Emotion

Scientific American - "Why does music make use feel" 15-09-2009
Wall Street Journal - "The mystery of music" 17-10-2009
The Daily Telegraph – “Cheerful music can make everyone around you look happy” 08-05-09
The Daily Mail – “Upbeat music makes you think everyone is happy” 08-05-09
The LondonPaper
 – “Happy music like Girls Aloud rather than The Smiths puts everyone in a better mood” 08-05-09
Iran Daily – “Cheerful music makes everyone appear happy” 10-05-09
The Evening Times (Glasgow) – “Do you have a feelgood tune that cheers you up?” 11-05-2009
DeMorgen (Belgium)/ HLN (Belgium) – “Iedereen lijkt vrolijker dankzij vrolijke muziek” 10-05-09
DeTijd (Belgium) – “Luisteren naar vrolijke muziek doet ook anderen vrolijker lijken” 10-05-09
Cuget Liber (Romania) – “Simfoniile lui Beethoven îi înveselesc pe oameni, jazz-ul îi mâhneşte” 12-05-09
Live Radio Interviews on numerous radio stations including BBC-5 Live, BBC – Wales, BBC – Shieffield, BBC – Manchester, City Talk Radio – Liverpool, Radioi105 – Ireland.

Research interests

  • EEG
  • Problem solving and Aha effect
  • Creativity (neuronal correlates, individual differences, enhancement)
  • Crossmodal priming
  • Musical syntax/semantics
  • Multisensory processing
  • Cognitive biases
  • Brain network

Selected publications


Pereda E, Gonzalez J, Bhattacharya J, Rial RV (2010) Nonlinear Analysis of Biomedical Data. University of La Laguna Press, Spain, 187 pages. (ISBN 978-84-7756-806-3).


PUBLISHED ARTICLES: (# indicates Corresponding Author or Work done under my direct supervision)

Bhattacharya J#, Lee EJ (2014) Modulation of EEG theta band signal complexity by music therapy. International Journal for Bifurcation & Chaos, in press.

Jones R, Bhattacharya J# (2014) Thought becoming reality: Role of the precuneus in thought-action-fusion in sub-clinical obsessive compulsive participants. NeuroImage Clinical 4: 112-121.

Di Luft CB, Takase E, Bhattacharya J# (2014) Processing graded feedback: Electrophysiological correlates of learning from small and large errors. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 26: 1180-1193.

Marin MM, Bhattacharya J# (2013) Getting into musical zone: Trait emotional intelligence and amount of practice predict flow in pianists. Frontiers In Psychology 4: 853 (doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00853).

Lee EJ, Bhattacharya J# (2013) A study on heart rate variability during monochord-induced relaxation in female cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Music & Medicine 5(3): 177-186.

Carrus E, Pearce MT, Bhattacharya J# (2013) Melodic pitch expectation interacts with neural responses to syntactic but not semantic violations. Cortex, 49(8): 2186-2200.

Bhattacharya J, Luft CBD (2013) Who learns and who does not? A matter of dealing with mistakes.  Learning & Skills Bulletin 84: 6-7.

reprinted in
                      ---- Children's Services Weekly 153: 8-9.
                      ---- Education Journal 158: 12-13.

Luft CBD, Nolte G, Bhattacharya J# (2013) High learners present larger mid-frontal theta power and connectivity in response to in incorrect feedback. Journal of Neuroscience 33: 2029-2038. 

Bhushan V, Saha G, Lindsen J, Shimojo S, Bhattacharya J# (2012) How we choose one over another: Predicting trial-by-trial preference decision. PLOS ONE 7(8): e43351.

Jones R, Bhattacharya J# (2012) Alpha activity in the insula accompanies the urge to neutralize in sub-clinical obsessive-compulsive participants. Journal of Behavioural Additcions, 1: 96-105.  

Lee EJ, Bhattacharya J, Schon C, Vorres R (2012) Monochord Sounds and Progressive Muscle Relaxation  Reduce Anxiety and Improve Relaxation During Chemotherapy:  A Pilot EEG Study. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 20: 409-416.

 Marin M, Gingras B, Bhattacharya J# (2012) Crossmodal transfer of arousal but not pleasantness from the musical to the visual domain. Emotion, 12: 618-631. 

Lindsen JP, Moonga G, Shimojo S, Bhattacharya J#(2011) Swayed by the music: Differences in the listening profiles between like and dislike decisions in musical preference formation. Consciousness & Cognition, 20:1781-1786. 

Carrus E, Koelsch S, Bhattacharya J# (2011) Shadows of Music-Language Interaction on Low Frequency Brain Oscillatory Patterns. Brain & Language, 119: 50-57.  

Reiterer S, Pereda E, Bhattacharya J (2011) On a possible relationship between linguistic expertise and EEG gamma band phase synchrony.  Frontiers in Psychology, 2: 334. (11 pages) 

Pereda E, Reiterer S, Bhattacharya J (2011) Topography of functional connectivity in human multichannel EEG during second process processing. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 7023:253-262.     

Bhattacharya J# (2010) Seeing red: Colour modulation and photosensitive epilepsy. Epilepsy Professional, issue 18: 26-29. 

Panischev OY, Demin SA, Bhattacharya J (2010) Cross-correlation markers in stochastic dynamics of complex systems. Physica A, 389: 4958-4969.

Lindsen JP, Jones R, Shimojo S, Bhattacharya J# (2010)  Neural components underlying subjective preferential decision making. NeuroImage 50: 1626-1632. 

Lindsen JP, Bhattacharya J# (2010) Correction of Blink Artefacts Using Independent Component Analysis and Empirical Mode Decomposition. Psychophysiology 47: 955-960.  

Bhattacharya J#, Pereda E (2009) An index of signal mode complexity based on orthogonal transformation. J Computational Neuroscience, DOI:10.1007/s10827-009-0155-5. 

Pearce MT, Ruiz MH, Kapasi S, Wiggins G, Bhattacharya J# (2010) Unsupervised statistical learning underpins computational, behavioural and neural manifestations of musical expectations. NeuroImage 50: 302-313.  

Timashev SF, Polyakov YS, Yulmetyev RM, Demin SA, Panischev OY, Shimojo S, Bhattacharya J (2010) Frequency and phase synchronization in neuromagentic cortical responses to flickering-colour stimuli. Laser Physics 20: 1-14.  

Marin MM, Bhattacharya J# (2010) Music induced emotions: Some current issues and crossmodal comparisons. In: Music Education, Editors: J. Hermida, M. Ferrero, Nova Science Publishers, pp. 1-38.

Bhagat M, Bhushan C, Saha G, Watanabe K, Shimojo S, Bhattacharya J# (2009) Investigating neuromagnetic brain responses against chromatic flickering stimuli by wavelet entropies. PLoS ONE 4(9): e7173 (11 pages).  

Karkare S, Saha G, Bhattacharya J# (2009) Investigating long-range correlation properties in EEG during complex cognitive tasks. Chaos Solitons & Fractals, 42: 2067-2073. 

Logeswaran L, Bhattacharya J# (2009) Crossmodal transfer of emotion by music. Neuroscience Letters 455: 129-133.
*Sheth BR, *Sandkühler S, *Bhattacharya J# (2009) Posterior beta and anterior gamma predict cognitive insight. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 21: 1269-1279. (* All authors contributed equally) 

Herrojo Ruiz M, Kolesch S, Bhattacharya J# (2009) Early right alpha band phase desynchronization and late gamma band oscillations in processing musical syntax. Human Brain Mapping 30: 1207-1225.  

Bhattacharya J# (2009) Increase of universality in human brain during mental imagery from visual perception. PLoS ONE, 4(1): e4121 (11 pages).  

Reiterer S, Pereda E, Bhattacharya J (2009) Measuring second language proficiency with EEG synchronization: how functional cortical networks and hemispheric involvement differ as a function of proficiency level in second language speakers. Second Language Research 25(1): 77-106.  
Timashev SF, Polyakov YS, Demin SA, Panischev OY, Shimojo S, Bhattacharya J (2009) Analysis of biomedical signals by flicker-noise spectroscopy: Identification of photosensitive epilepsy using magnetoencephalograms. Laser Physics 19(4): 836-854.  

Yulmetyev RM, Khusaenova EV, Yulmetyeva DG, Hänggi P, Shimojo S, Watanabe K, Bhattacharya J (2009) Dynamic effects and information quantifiers of statistical memory of MEG signals at photosensitive epilepsy. Mathematical Biosciences & Engineering 6(1): 189-206.  

EV Khusaenova, Yulmetyeva DG,  Häanggi P, Shimojo S,  Watanabe K, Bhattacharya J (2008) Statistical memory of MEG signals at photosensitive epilepsy. International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 18: 2799-2805.  

Wehling S, Bhattacharya J# (2008) Deconstructing insight: EEG correlates of insightful problem solving. PLoS ONE 3(1): e1459 (12 pages). 

Wehling S, Simion C, Shimojo S, Bhattacharya J# (2007) Assessment of connectivity patterns from multivariate time series by partial directed coherence. Chaos & Complexity Letters 2: 413-433.  

Mukherjee PK, Bhattacharya J (2007) A phenomenological theory of the nematic to lamellar phase transition in lyotropic liquid crystals. Journal of Chemical Physics 126: 024901-024901-6.  

Yulmetyev RM, Häanggi P, Yulmetyeva DG, Shimojo S, Khusaenova EV, Watanabe K, Bhattacharya J (2007) Relaxation and phase space singularities in time series of human magnetoencephalograms as indicator of photosensitive epilepsy. Physica A 383: 443–454. 

Schindler-Hlaváčková K, Paluš M, Vejmelka M, Bhattacharya J# (2007) Causality detection based on information-theoretic approaches in time series analysis. Physics Reports 441: 1-46.  
Yulmetyev RM, Yulmetyeva DG, Hangii P, Shimjo S, Bhattacharya J (2007) Strong memory in time series of human MEG can identify photosensitive epilepsy. Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Physics 104: 644-650.  

Pereda E, Quiroga RQ, Bhattacharya J (2005) Nonlinear multivariate analysis of neurophysiological signals. Progress In Neurbiology 77: 1-37. (featured as cover article)  

Bhattacharya J#, Petsche H (2005) Phase synchrony analysis of EEG during music perception reveals changes in functional connectivity due to musical expertise. Signal Processing 85: 2161-2177.  

Bhattacharya J#, Petsche H (2005) Drawing on mind’s canvas: Differences in cortical integration patterns between artists and non-artists. Human Brain Mapping 26: 1-14.  

Bhattacharya J#, Edwards J, Mamelak A, Schuman E (2005) Long-range temporal correlations in the spontaneous spiking of neurons in the hippoacampal-amygdala complex of humans. Neuroscience 131: 547-555.  

Shams L, Iwaki S, Chawla A, Bhattacharya J (2005) Early modulation of visual cortex by sound: An MEG study. Neuroscience Letters 378: 76-81.  

Bhattacharya J#, Watanabe K, Shimojo S (2004) Nonlinear dynamics of evoked neuromagentic responses signifies potential defensive mechanisms against photosensitivity.  International Journal of Bifurcation & Chaos 14:  2701-2720.  

Feldmann U, Bhattacharya J# (2004) Predictability improvement as an asymmetrical measure of interdependence in bivariate time series. International Journal of Bifurcation & Chaos 14: 505-514.  

Andrade PE, Bhattacharya J# (2003) Brain tuned to music. Journal of Royal Society of Medicine London 96: 284-287. 

Bhattacharya J#, Pereda E, Petsche H (2003) Efficient detection of coupling between bivariate experimental signals in the state space. IEEE Transaction of Systems Man & Cybernetics – Part B 33: 85-95.  

Bhattacharya J#, Shams L, Shimojo S (2002) Sound-induced illusory flash perception: Role of gamma band responses. NeuroReport 13:1727-1730.  

Bhattacharya J#, Petsche H (2002) Shadows of artistry - Cortical synchrony during perception and imagery of visual art. Cognitive Brain Research 13: 179-186. 

Petsche H, Bhattacharya J (2002) Musical thought and intelligentsia. Osterr. Mus. Z. 57: 6-12.

Bhattacharya J# (2001) Reduced degree of long-range phase synchrony in pathological human brain. Acta Neurobiol. Exp. 61(4): 309-318. 

Bhattacharya J#, Petsche H (2001) Universality in the brain while listening to music. Proceedings of Royal Society Lond. Biological Sciences 268: 2423-2433. 

Bhattacharya J#, Petsche H, Pereda E (2001) Interdependencies in the spontaneous EEG in the brain during listening to music. International Journal of Psychophysiology 42: 287-301. 

Bhattacharya J#, Petsche H, Feldmann U, Rescher B (2001) EEG gamma-band phase synchronization between posterior and frontal cortex during mental rotation in humans. Neuroscience Letters 311 : 29-32. 

Bhattacharya J# (2001) Detection of weak chaos in infant respiration. IEEE Transaction of Systems Man & Cybernetics B 31: 637-642. 

Bhattacharya J#, Petsche H, Pereda J (2001) Long-range synchrony in the gamma band: role in the music perception. Journal of Neuroscience 15: 6329-6337.  

Bhattacharya J#, Petsche H. (2001) Enhanced phase synchrony in electroencephalograph gamma band in the musicians. Physical Review E 64: 012901.

Bhattacharya J#, Pereda E, Kariyappa R, Kanjilal PP (2001) Application of nonlinear analysis to the intensity oscillations of the chromospheric bright points. Solar Physics 199: 267-290. 

Bhattacharya J#, Petsche H  (2001) Musicians and the gamma-band – a secret affair? Neuroreport 12: 371-374. 

Bhattacharya J#, Kanjilal PP, Muralidhar V (2001)  Analysis and characterization of photo-plethysmographic signal. IEEE Transaction on Biomedical Engineering 48 : 5-11. 

Bhattacharya J# (2000) Complexity analysis of spontaneous EEG. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis 60: 495-501. 

Bhattacharya J#, Kanjilal PP, Nizamie, SH (2000)  Decomposition of posterior alpha rhythm. IEEE Transaction on Biomedical Engineering 47: 738-747. 

Bhattacharya J#, Petsche H, Pereda E (2000) Co-operation in the brain in higher cognitive functioning. Interjournal.  

Bhattacharya J#, Kanjilal PP, Nizamie SH (2000) In search of scaling in the brain. Interjournal.  

Bhattacharya J# et al. (2000) Revisiting the dynamics of chromospheric bright points. Interjournal.  

Kanjilal PP, Bandopaddhyay S, Bhattacharya J (2000) Cardiovascular dynamics viewed through the periodicity attributes of the photo-plethysmographic signal. Interjournal.  

Bhattacharya J#, Kanjilal PP (2000) Revisiting the role of correlation coefficient to distinguish chaos from noise. Europhysical Journal B 13: 399-403.  

Bhattacharya J#, Kanjilal PP (1999) On the detection of determinism in a time series. Physica D 132: 100-110. 

Bhattacharya J, Kanjilal PP (1999) Assessing determinism in photo plethysmographic signal. IEEE Transaction on Systems Man & Cybernetics Part A 29: 406-410.  

Kanjilal PP, Bhattacharya J (1999) Revisited measles and chickenpox dynamics through orthogonal transformations. Journal of Theoretical Biology 197: 163-174.  

Kanjilal PP, Bhattacharya J, Saha G (1999) Robust method for periodicity detection and characterization of irregular cyclical series in terms of embedded periodic components. Physical Review E 59: 4013-4025. 

Kanjilal PP, Bhattacharya J, Muralidhar V, Kaul HL (1997) An instrument for noninvasive continuous measurement of blood   pressure using a finger cuff. J. Anaesthesiology & Clinical Pharmacology 13: 283-289. 

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