Professor of Psychology
+44 (0)20 7919 7334
+44 (0)20 7919 7873
Room 1-17 Ben Pimlott Building,
Department of Psychology
Goldsmiths, University of London,
New Cross, SE146 NW
London, United Kingdom
By appointment (please email to make an appointment)
In the coming academic year (2014-15) I co-ordinate the following modules:
Methods & Techniques in Neuroscience (MSc - CCN/ MMB)
Theoretical Issues in Psychology (MSc - RMIP, MPhil/PhD)
Statistics (MSc - MMB, FCP)
I also teach lectures on the neuroscience of music and emotion, music and transfer.
I supervise students interested in the following topics:
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)
Wissenschaft.de (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 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.
Psychology Today - "Flow states among pianists" 27-06-14
The Strad - "Study finds emotional intelligence is key to achieving ‘flow’ in musical performance" 17-02-14
Daily Mail- "Have researchers discovered the X factor?" 8-02-14
BBC Radio 3 - "Music matters" 8-02-14
Daily Mail - "OCD is linked to the guilty part of the brain" 15-5-14
HeathNews, UK - "Major breakthrough sees OCD linked to guilt" 15-5-14
Pod Academy - "OCD - New research, new hope?" 23-5-14
The Conversation - "Electrical signature of OCD can be picked up in the brain" 19-5-14
On Learning from feedback
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)
Wiggins G, Bhattacharya J# (2014) Mind the gap: an attempt to bridge computational and neuroscientific approaches to study creativity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8: 540. (doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00540)
Luft CBD, Pereda E, Banissy M, Bhattacharya J# (2014) Best of both worlds: Promise of combining brain stimulation and brain connectome. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 8: 132. (doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2014.00132)
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.
---- 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.
Content last modified: 11 Aug 2014
Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, UK
Telephone: + 44 (0)20 7919 7171
Goldsmiths has charitable status