A Goldsmiths, University of London researcher has been awarded a prize for his outstanding contribution to the field of cognitive psychology in Europe.
The European Society for Cognitive Psychology named Dr Michael Banissy this year’s Bertelson Award winner – a recognition given every two years to scientists who are within eight years of completing their PhD.
Dr Banissy has an exceptional publication record. Since 2010, when his PhD was awarded, he has produced over fifty scientific publications including articles in leading academic journals.
His work is characterised by broad and exciting research in areas as diverse as synaesthesia, social cognition, empathy and face recognition. His work on mirror-touch synaesthesia (a condition causing people to experience the same sensation, such as touch, that another person feels) is particularly novel.
“The links he has made between the neuropsychological study of this condition and social cognition have created a novel cross-disciplinary research area,” explained the ESCoP in their announcement.
The breadth of his work is not only seen in science journals, but also in his willingness to bring science to the public and his effort in connecting science to art.