Professor Michael Banissy

Staff details

Position Professor of Psychology and Co-Head of Department
Department Psychology
Email m.banissy (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7078 5140
Twitter @mbanissy
Professor Michael Banissy

Summary

Michael is a Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths, where he is Co-Head of Department. He is also a Royal Society Short Industry Fellow working with OPIÑON (www.getopinon.com). He has contributed to several diverse research areas, including social perception, social cognition, creativity, synaesthesia, and brain stimulation. The breadth of his work is not only seen in scientific contributions, but also in his engagement to bring science to the public and industry. His work in these domains resulted in him being awarded the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal (2016), and the Bertelson Award (2017) for outstanding contributions to psychological research.

Grants and Awards

Michael has received external grant funding from a variety of organisations to support his work including: ESRC, European Commission, British Academy, Royal Society, Dunhill Medical Trust, and the BIAL Foundation.

Public engagement

Michael has worked extensively to support science communication and the application of psychological insights to the real world. Some examples include:

  • Providing seminars and research consultancy to a range of organisations to help take knowledge from psychology and neuroscience to support performance and innovation insight.
  • Organising public workshops designed to connect the wider public with relevant research related to social perception and cognition.
  • Regular engagement in public-facing events including festivals, lectures, school events, and panel discussions.
  • Involvement with a range of media presentations including features in major outlets in USA, Europe, Asia, Australasia, and Africa. Example outlets include: BBC (radio, television, and online media), Scientific American, NewScientist, National Public Radio.

Research Interests

Michael’s main themes of research relate to the study of social perception, social cognition, and applied cognitive psychology / neuroscience. He is a member of our Cognition and Neuroscience Group and our Social Processes and Personality Group. Key areas of interest are listed below. For full details on projects see www.banissylab.com/projects.

  • Creativity
  • Decision Making
  • Emotion Perception
  • Empathy
  • Face Perception
  • Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation
  • Self-Other Representation
  • Sense of Agency
  • Sleep
  • Synaesthesia

Publications

Edited Journal

Muggleton, Neil G. and Banissy, Michael J., eds. 2014. Special issue "Culture and Cognition". Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, 5(1). 1758-8928

Book Section

Banissy, Michael J.. 2013. Synaesthesia, mirror neurons and mirror-touch. In: E Hubbard and J Simner, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Synaesthesia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 584-605. ISBN 978-0-19-960332-9

Banissy, Michael J. and Muggleton, Neil G.. 2013. Beyond Inhibition: Exploiting the Potential of State-Dependency in Cognitive and Therapeutic TMS Studies. In: L Alba-Ferrara, ed. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Methods, Clinical Uses and Effects on the Brain. USA: Nova Science Publishers, ..-... ISBN 978-1-62618-736-8

Banissy, Michael J.; Annett, Lucy; Asiedu-Offei, Patience; Rosch, Richard and Gurd, Jennifer. 2012. Left, right, hand ‘n space. In: J Dunham and T Davenport, eds. Handedness: Theories, Genetics and Psychology. USA: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 109-122. ISBN 978-1-61470-502-4

Ward, Jamie; Banissy, Michael J. and Jonas, Clare. 2008. Haptic perception in synaesthesia. In: Martin Grunwald, ed. Human Haptic Perception: Basics and Applications. Basel: Birkhäuser, pp. 258-265. ISBN 3764376112

Article

Luft, Caroline D.; Zioga, Ioanna; Banissy, Michael J. and Bhattacharya, Joydeep. 2019. Spontaneous visual imagery during meditation for creating visual art: an EEG and brain stimulation case study. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(210),

Luft, C B D; Zioga, Ioanna; Thompson, Nicholas; Banissy, Michael J. and Bhattacharya, Joydeep. 2018. Right temporal alpha oscillations as a neural mechanism for inhibiting obvious associations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(52), pp. 12144-12152. ISSN 0027-8424

Penton, Tegan; Bate, Sarah; Dalrymple, Kirsten A.; Reed, Thomas; Kelly, Maria; Godovich, Sheina; Tamm, Marin; Duchaine, Bradley and Banissy, Michael J.. 2018. Using High Frequency Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation to Modulate Face Memory Performance in Younger and Older Adults: Lessons Learnt From Mixed Findings. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12, ISSN 1662-4548

Mora, Laura; Cowie, D; Banissy, Michael J. and Cocchini, Gianna. 2018. My true face: unmasking one’s own face representation. Acta Psychologica, 191, pp. 63-68. ISSN 0001-6918

Karolis, Vyacheslav R.; Grinyaev, Mikhail; Epure, Andreea; Tsoy, Vyacheslav; Du Rietz, Ebba; Banissy, Michael J.; Cappelletti, Marinella and Kovas, Yulia. 2018. Probing the architecture of visual number sense with parietal tRNS. Cortex, 114, pp. 54-66. ISSN 0010-9452

Janik McErlean, Agnieszka B. and Banissy, Michael J.. 2018. Increased misophonia in self-reported Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. PeerJ, 6, e5351.

Tik, Martin; Sladky, Ronald; Luft, C B D; Willinger, David; Hoffman, Andre; Banissy, Michael J.; Bhattacharya, Joydeep and Windischberger, Christian. 2018. Ultra-high-field fMRI insights on insight: Neural correlates of 2 the Aha!-moment. Human Brain Mapping, 39(8), pp. 3241-3252. ISSN 1065-9471

Evans, Carys; Banissy, Michael J. and Charlton, Rebecca A. 2018. The efficacy of transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) on mood may depend on individual differences including age and trait mood. Clinical Neurophysiology, 129(6), pp. 1201-1208. ISSN 1388-2457

Ward, J; Schnakenberg, P and Banissy, Michael J.. 2018. The relationship between mirror-touch synaesthesia and empathy: New evidence and a new screening tool. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 35(5-6), pp. 314-332. ISSN 0264-3294

Agnew, Zarinah K.; Banissy, Michael J.; McGettigan, Carolyn; Walsh, Vincent and Scott, Sophie K.. 2018. Investigating the Neural Basis of Theta Burst Stimulation to Premotor Cortex on Emotional Vocalization Perception: A Combined TMS-fMRI Study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12,

Grice-Jackson, Thomas; Critchley, Hugo D; Banissy, Michael J. and Ward, Jamie. 2017. Consciously Feeling the Pain of Others Reflects Atypical Functional Connectivity between the Pain Matrix and Frontal-Parietal Regions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, p. 507. ISSN 1662-5161

Bowling, Natalie C and Banissy, Michael J.. 2017. Modulating vicarious tactile perception with transcranial electrical current stimulation. European Journal of Neuroscience, 46(8), pp. 2355-2364. ISSN 0953-816X

Rigato, Silvia; Banissy, Michael J.; Romanska, Aleksandra; Thomas, Rhiannon; Van Velzen, Jose L. and Bremner, Andrew J.. 2017. Cortical signatures of vicarious tactile experience in four-month-old infants. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 35, pp. 75-80. ISSN 1878-9293

Penton, Tegan; Dixon, L; Evans, LJ and Banissy, Michael J.. 2017. Emotion perception improvement following high frequency transcranial random noise stimulation of the inferior frontal cortex. Scientific Reports, 12(7(1)), p. 11278. ISSN 2045-2322

Grice-Jackson, T; Critchley, H, D.; Banissy, Michael J. and Ward, J. 2017. Common and distinct neural mechanisms associated with the conscious experience of vicarious pain. Cortex, 94, pp. 152-163. ISSN 0010-9452

Yang, Tao; Penton, Tegan; Köybaşı, Şerife Leman and Banissy, Michael J.. 2017. Social perception and aging: The relationship between aging and the perception of subtle changes in facial happiness and identity. Acta Psychologica, 179, pp. 23-29. ISSN 1873-6297

Yang, T; Penton, T; Leman Koybasi, S and Banissy, Michael J.. 2017. Social perception and aging: The relationship between aging and the perception of subtle changes in facial happiness and identity. Acta Psychologica, 179, pp. 23-29. ISSN 0001-6918

Bowling, Natalie and Banissy, Michael J.. 2017. Emotion expression modulates perception of animacy from faces. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 71, pp. 83-95. ISSN 0022-1031

Yang, Tao and Banissy, Michael J.. 2017. Enhancing anger perception in older adults by stimulating inferior frontal cortex with high frequency transcranial random noise stimulation. Neuropsychologia, 102, pp. 163-169. ISSN 0028-3932

Luft, Caroline Di Bernardi; Zioga, Ioanna; Banissy, Michael J. and Bhattacharya, Joydeep. 2017. Relaxing learned constraints through cathodal tDCS on the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Scientific Reports, 7(2916), pp. 1-8. ISSN 2045-2322

Ward, Jamie and Banissy, Michael J.. 2017. From mirror-touch synesthesia to models of vicarious experience: A reply to commentaries. Cognitive Neuroscience, 8(4), pp. 224-227. ISSN 1758-8928

Cioffi, Maria Cristina; Cocchini, Gianna; Banissy, Michael J. and Moore, James W.. 2017. Ageing and agency: age-related changes in susceptibility to illusory experiences of control. Royal Society Open Science, 4(5), p. 161065. ISSN 2054-5703

Schaal, Nora K; Pollok, Betina and Banissy, Michael J.. 2017. Hemispheric differences between left and right supramarginal gyrus for pitch and rhythm memory. Scientific Reports, 7(42456), ISSN 2045-2322

Gillmeister, H; Bowling, Natalie; Rigato, S. and Banissy, Michael J.. 2017. Inter-Individual Differences in Vicarious Tactile Perception: A View across the Lifespan in Typical and Atypical Populations. Multisensory Research, 30(6), pp. 485-508. ISSN 2213-4794

Janik, Agnieszka B and Banissy, Michael J.. 2017. Color Processing in Synesthesia: What Synesthesia Can and Cannot Tell Us About Mechanisms of Color Processing. Topics in Cognitive Science, 9(1), pp. 215-227. ISSN 1756-8757

Janik McErlean, Agnieszka B and Banissy, Michael J.. 2016. Examining the Relationship Between Schizotypy and Self-Reported Visual Imagery Vividness in Grapheme-Color Synaesthesia. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(131), pp. 1-8. ISSN 1664-1078

Cioffi, Maria Cristina; Banissy, Michael J. and Moore, James W.. 2016. 'Am I moving?' An illusion of agency and ownership in mirror-touch synaesthesia. Cognition, 146, pp. 426-430. ISSN 1873-7838

Janik McErlean, Agnieszka B; Susilo, Tirta; Rezlescu, Constantin; Bray, A and Banissy, Michael J.. 2016. Social perception in synaesthesia for colour. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 33(7-8), pp. 1-10. ISSN 0264-3294

de Guzman, Marie; Bird, Geoffrey; Banissy, Michael J. and Catmur, Caroline. 2015. Self-other control processes in social cognition: from imitation to empathy. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371(1686), p. 20150079. ISSN 0962-8436

Romanska, Aleksandra; Rezlescu, Constantin; Susilo, Tirta; Duchaine, Bradley and Banissy, Michael J.. 2015. High-Frequency Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation Enhances Perception of Facial Identity. Cerebral Cortex, 25(11), pp. 4334-4340. ISSN 1047-3211

Janik, Agnieszka B; Rezlescu, Constantin and Banissy, Michael J.. 2015. Enhancing Anger Perception With Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation Induced Gamma Oscillations. Brain Stimulation, 8(6), pp. 1138-1143. ISSN 1935-861X

Santiesteban, Idalmis; Banissy, Michael J.; Catmur, Caroline and Bird, Geoffrey. 2015. Functional lateralization of temporoparietal junction - imitation inhibition, visual perspective-taking and theory of mind. European Journal of Neuroscience, 42(8), pp. 2527-2533. ISSN 0953-816X

Santiesteban, Idalmis; Bird, Geoffrey; Tew, Oliver; Cioffi, Maria Cristina and Banissy, Michael J.. 2015. Mirror-touch synaesthesia: Difficulties inhibiting the other. Cortex, 71, pp. 116-121. ISSN 0010-9452

Sowden, Sophie; Wright, Gordon R. T.; Banissy, Michael J.; Catmur, Caroline and Bird, Geoffrey. 2015. Transcranial Current Stimulation of the Temporoparietal Junction Improves Lie Detection. Current Biology, 25(18), 2447 - 2451. ISSN 0960-9822

Sowden, Sophie; Wright, Gordon R. T.; Banissy, Michael J.; Catmur, Caroline and Bird, Geoffrey. 2015. Transcranial Current Stimulation of the Temporoparietal Junction Improves Lie Detection. Current Biology, 25(18), 2447 - 2451. ISSN 0960-9822

Schaal, Nora K; Javadi, Amir-Homayoun; Halpern, Andrea R; Pollok, Bettina and Banissy, Michael J.. 2015. Right parietal cortex mediates recognition memory for melodies. The European journal of neuroscience, 42(1), pp. 1660-6. ISSN 1460-9568

Ward, Jamie and Banissy, Michael J.. 2015. Explaining mirror-touch synesthesia. Cognitive Neuroscience, 6(2-3), pp. 118-133. ISSN 1758-8928

Schaal, Nora K; Williamson, Victoria J; Kelly, Maria; Muggleton, Neil G.; Pollok, Bettina; Krause, Vanessa and Banissy, Michael J.. 2015. A causal involvement of the left supramarginal gyrus during the retention of musical pitches. Cortex, 64, pp. 310-7. ISSN 0010-9452

Menouti, Konstantina; Akiva-Kabiri, Lilach; Banissy, Michael J. and Stewart, Lauren. 2015. Timbre-colour synaesthesia: exploring the consistency of associations based on timbre. Cortex, 63, pp. 1-3. ISSN 0010-9452

Banissy, Michael J.; Jonas, Clare and Cohen Kadosh, Roi. 2014. Synesthesia: an introduction. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(1414), pp. 1-3. ISSN 1664-1078

Hogeveen, Jeremy; Obhi, Sukhvinder S; Banissy, Michael J.; Santiesteban, Idalmis; Press, Clare; Catmur, Caroline and Bird, Geoffrey. 2014. Task-dependent and distinct roles of the temporoparietal junction and inferior frontal cortex in the control of imitation. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, ISSN 1749-5016

Schaal, Nora K.; Banissy, Michael J. and Lange, Kathrin. 2014. The Rhythm Span Task: Comparing Memory Capacity for Musical Rhythms in Musicians and Non-Musicians. Journal of New Music Research, ISSN 0929-8215

Di Bernardi Luft, Caroline; Pereda, Ernesto; Banissy, Michael J. and Bhattacharya, Joydeep. 2014. Best of both worlds: promise of combining brain stimulation and brain connectome. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 8, pp. 1-15. ISSN 1662-5137

Schaal, N K; Krause, V; Lange, K; Banissy, Michael J.; Williamson, V J and Pollok, B. 2014. Pitch Memory in Nonmusicians and Musicians: Revealing Functional Differences Using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation. Cerebral Cortex, ISSN 1047-3211

Mahayana, Indra T.; Banissy, Michael J.; Chen, Chiao-Yun; Walsh, Vincent; Juan, Chi-Hung and Muggleton, Neil G.. 2014. Motor empathy is a consequence of misattribution of sensory information in observers. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, pp. 1-7. ISSN 1662-5161

Cioffi, Maria Cristina; Moore, James W. and Banissy, Michael J.. 2014. What can mirror-touch synaesthesia tell us about the sense of agency? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, p. 256. ISSN 1662-5161

Holle, Henning; Banissy, Michael J. and Ward, Jamie. 2013. Functional and structural brain differences associated with mirror-touch synaesthesia. NeuroImage, 83, pp. 1041-1050. ISSN 1053-8119

Banissy, Michael J.; Tester, Victoria; Muggleton, Neil G.; Janik, Agnieszka B.; Davenport, Aimee; Franklin, Anna; Walsh, Vincent and Ward, Jamie. 2013. Synesthesia for Color Is Linked to Improved Color Perception but Reduced Motion Perception. Psychological Science, 24(12), pp. 2390-2397. ISSN 0956-7976

Schaal, Nora K.; Williamson, Victoria J. and Banissy, Michael J.. 2013. Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation over the supramarginal gyrus facilitates pitch memory. The European Journal of Neuroscience, 38(10), pp. 3513-3518. ISSN 0953-816X

Tsujimura, Hikaru and Banissy, Michael J.. 2013. Human face structure correlates with professional baseball performance: insights from professional Japanese baseball players. Biology letters, 9(3), n/a. ISSN 1744-957X

Banissy, Michael J.; Holle, Henning; Cassell, Josephine E.; Annett, Lucy; Walsh, Vincent; Spiller, MJ; Tsakanikos, E and Ward, Jamie. 2013. Personality traits in people with synaesthesia: Do synaesthetes have an atypical personality profile. Personality and Individual Differences, 54(7), pp. 828-831.

Maister, Lara; Banissy, Michael J. and Tsakiris, Manos. 2013. Mirror-touch synaesthesia changes representations of self-identity. Neuropsychologia, 51(5), pp. 802-8. ISSN 1873-3514

Banissy, Michael J. and Ward, Jamie. 2013. Mechanisms of self-other representations and vicarious experiences of touch in mirror-touch synesthesia. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 7, p. 112. ISSN 1662-5161

Banissy, Michael J. and Muggleton, Neil G. 2013. Transcranial direct current stimulation in sports training: potential approaches. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 7, p. 129. ISSN 1662-5161

Santiesteban, Idalmis; Banissy, Michael J.; Catmur, Caroline and Bird, Geoffrey. 2012. Enhancing Social Ability by Stimulating Right Temporoparietal Junction. Current Biology, 22(23), pp. 2274-2277. ISSN 1879-0445

Kanai, Ryota; Bahrami, Bahador; Duchaine, Brad; Janik, Agnieszka; Banissy, Michael J. and Rees, Geraint. 2012. Brain structure links loneliness to social perception. Current biology : CB, 22(20), pp. 1975-9. ISSN 1879-0445

Banissy, Michael J.; Kanai, Ryota; Walsh, Vincent and Rees, Geraint. 2012. Inter-individual differences in empathy are reflected in human brain structure. NeuroImage, 62(3), pp. 2034-2039.

Banissy, Michael J.; Walsh, Vincent and Muggleton, Neil G.. 2012. A disruption of colour priming following continuous theta burst transcranial magnetic stimulation. Cortex, 48(10), pp. 1359-1361.

Banissy, Michael J.; Stewart, Lauren; Muggleton, N. G.; Griffiths, T. D.; Walsh, V.; Ward, J. and Kanai, R.. 2012. Grapheme-color and tone-color synesthesia is associated with structural brain changes in visual regions implicated in color, form, and motion. Cognitive Neuroscience, 3(1), pp. 29-35. ISSN 1758-8928

Banissy, Michael J.; Cassell, Josephine E.; Fitzpatrick, Sian; Ward, Jamie; Walsh, Vincent X. and Muggleton, Neil G.. 2012. Increased positive and disorganised schizotypy in synaesthetes who experience colour from letters and tones. Cortex: a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior, 48(8), pp. 1085-1087. ISSN 1973-8102

Muggleton, Neil G.; Banissy, Michael J. and Walsh, Vincent Z.. 2011. Cognitive neuroscience: feedback for natural visual stimuli. Current biology: CB, 21(8), R282-3. ISSN 1879-0445

Banissy, Michael J.; Walsh, Vincent and Muggleton, Neil. 2011. Mirror-touch synaesthesia: A case of faulty self-modelling and insula abnormality. Cognitive Neuroscience, 2(2), pp. 114-115.

Banissy, Michael J.; Garrido, Lúcia; Kusnir, Flor; Duchaine, Bradley; Walsh, Vincent and Ward, Jamie. 2011. Superior Facial Expression, But Not Identity Recognition, in Mirror-Touch Synesthesia. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(5), pp. 1820-1824. ISSN 0270-6474

Holle, Henning; Banissy, Michael J.; Wright, Thomas; Bowling, Natalie and Ward, Jamie. 2011. "That's not a real body": identifying stimulus qualities that modulate synaesthetic experiences of touch. Consciousness and cognition, 20(3), pp. 720-6. ISSN 1090-2376

Kanai, Ryota and Banissy, Michael J.. 2010. Are two heads better than one? Scientific American, na.

Banissy, Michael J.; Sauter, Disa Anna; Ward, Jamie; Warren, Jane E.; Walsh, Vincent and Scott, Sophie K.. 2010. Suppressing sensorimotor activity modulates the discrimination of auditory emotions but not speaker identity. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 30(41), pp. 13552-7. ISSN 1529-2401

Banissy, Michael J.; Walsh, Vincent and Ward, Jamie. 2009. Enhanced sensory perception in synaesthesia. Experimental Brain Research, 196(4), pp. 565-71. ISSN 0014-4819

Banissy, Michael J.; Cohen Kadosh, Roi; Maus, Gerrit W.; Walsh, Vincent and Ward, Jamie. 2009. Prevalence, characteristics and a neurocognitive model of mirror-touch synaesthesia. Experimental brain research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation cérébrale, 198(2-3), pp. 261-72. ISSN 1432-1106

Banissy, Michael J. and Ward, Jamie. 2008. On being moved: From mirror neurons to empathy. Child And Adolescent Mental Health, 13(1), pp. 50-51.

Banissy, Michael J. and Ward, Jamie. 2007. Mirror-touch synesthesia is linked with empathy. Nature neuroscience, 10(7), pp. 815-6. ISSN 1097-6256

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