I have a general interest in all aspects of vision and neural plasticity. However, I am particularly interested in the effects that brain injury or congenital dysfunctions have on visual processing and brain organisation. My three main areas of interest are: 1) face recognition, multisensory integration of faces and voices, and the neural correlates of these processes; 2) rehabilitation of prosopagnosia – specifically, ways in which perceptual learning can be applied to improve face recognition abilities in prosopagnosia (face-blindness), as well as the structural and functional changes that occur as a result of these behavioural improvements; 3) cross-modal plasticity (vision, touch, sound) in the blind and d/Deaf. I use a range of techniques, including behavioural and psychophysical studies, fMRI, fMR-adaptation, multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA), dynamic causal modeling (DCM), psycho-physiological interactions (PPI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and volumetric brain morphometry (VBM). Always happy to hear from students or postdocs who are interested in working in these areas.

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Areas of Expertise

  • face recognition
  • face processing
  • prosopagnosia
  • fMRI
  • visual plasticity
  • deafness
  • blindness

Publications

  1. & An image-dependent representation of familiar and unfamiliar faces in the human ventral stream. Neuropsychologia 47(6), 1627-1635.
  2. & Internal and External Features of the Face Are Represented Holistically in Face-Selective Regions of Visual Cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 30(9), 3544-3552.
  3. & Intra- and interhemispheric connectivity between face-selective regions in the human brain. Journal of Neurophysiology 108(11), 3087-3095.
  4. & Image-Invariant Responses in Face-Selective Regions Do Not Explain the Perceptual Advantage for Familiar Face Recognition. Cerebral Cortex 23(2), 370-377.
  5. & Functional organisation of visual pathways in a patient with no optic chiasm. Neuropsychologia 51(7), 1260-1272.

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Teaching

  • PS-M70 Experimental Design III: Neuroimaging

    Neuroimaging techniques provide the means to measure brain activity and brain structure, and have therefore received much attention in cognitive and clinical domains. The module provides a comprehensive overview of the use of such methodology as part of cognitive neuroscience research. Topics covered during the module include: rationale for the use of neuroimaging and effective experimental design, distinctions between the various techniques and the inferences each method enables us to make, practical considerations when running neuroimaging research, and analysis of the results. This module further builds upon previous modules Experimental Design I and II.

Supervision

  • The impact of cognitive reserve and the bilingual advantage on the variance in cognitive impairment. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Steven Morris
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2016 2018 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow University of Nottingham, UK
2014 2016 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Trento, Italy
2010 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Key Grants and Projects

  • Cross-modal plasticity in congenital and acquired deaf individuals 2015

    , with Dr Olivier Collignon (Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Dr Doug Hartley (Nottingham), Marie Sklodowska-Curie H2020, NIHR Nottingham BRC Innovation funding initiative

Research Groups

  • (FaReS)

    Face Research Swansea