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Current Lab

Dr Michael Banissy, PhD (Group Leader -

Michael is a Reader at the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths (University of London), where he is Director of Research. Prior to taking up his position at Goldsmiths he worked at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (University College London) on personal Research Fellowships awarded by the British Academy and the ESRC. He also completed his PhD in Psychology at UCL.

His research interests include social perception, social cognition, synaesthesia, prosopagnosia, self-other processing, empathy, creativity, and human brain stimulation.  Support for his research has come from funding from major scientific research councils in the UK and internationally including the ESRC, Royal Society, British Academy, and European Commission. He has been part of a number of public events to discuss his scientific work (e.g. TV and Radio appearances, major UK festivals, and international symposium) and awarded a number of honours (e.g. 2016 British Psychological Society Spearman Medal for outstanding published work in Psychology).


Tom Reed (Research Assistant)

 Tom is a Research Assistant in the lab, working on creativity. He previously completed his MRes degree in Biomedical Science at Imperial College London where he focused on neuroscience. His research interests include non-invasive brain stimulation and brain imaging


 Tammy Yang (PhD Student)

Tammy is a PhD student in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths and her work aims to examine the neurocognitive mechansims that contribute to changes to social perception abilities as we age. She is also interested in the influence of contextual and cultural differences on social perception and cognition. 


Natalie Bowling (PhD Student)

Natalie is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths. Before joining the lab she completed a BA and MRes in Psychology at the University of Sussex. Her research interests include multisensory integration, synaesthesia, empathy, face processing, and colour perception.  She is currently using behavioural techniques and non-invasive brain stimulation to investigate mirror-touch synaesthesia.