Impact and Collaborations

Professor Volker Thoma

An ongoing project is on the use of non-invasive brain stimulation (TCS) in healthy adults and disordered gambling to improve judgment and decision-making (with Dr Davide Rivolta, Bari, and Professor Michael Nitsche, Dortmund). Professor Thoma is also a co-investigator (PI: Prof. Peter Ayton, City, University of London) in a research project on decision-making in pension trustees, funded by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA). The aim of this study is to elicit (via interviews, ethnographic observations, surveys, and experiments) the potential pitfalls and cognitive biases that trustees encounter in their role, which has not been studied before; a review paper was published in "Review of Behavioral Finance".

Professor Thoma has research collaborations with various institutions and organisations:

  • City, University of London / Leeds University Business School: Judgment and decision-making in pension trustees (Professor Peter Ayton)
  • University of Bonn (Judgment performance in schizotypy; Prof. Ulrich Ettinger)
  • BBC (Research collaboration in AGILE software development)
  • National Problem Gambling Clinic (London, Dr Etta Bowden Jones) and Technical University Dortmund (Prof. M. Nitsche) on brain stimulation intervention in disordered gambling
  • Goldsmiths (perceptual load and face recognition, Prof. Jan de Fockert)
  • University of Bari (Prof. D. Rivolta on brain stimulation effects of object and face perception)
  • University of Chester (Dr Paul Rodway, heuristic processing in consumer choice)

Dr Mary-Jane Budd

Dr Budd has been a Member of the Forum for Research in Literacy and Language (FRILL) for 8 years which meets three times a year and incorporates experts from institutions such as the Institute of Education (Reading & UCL), Aston University and the University of York. She is a regular contributor to research group meetings and the annual two-day conference in June.

Research collaborations include:

  • London South Bank University (vaping studies using EEG, Prof. Lynne Dawkins)
  • University of Essex (Language production studies, Prof. Rick Hanley)
  • University of Essex (Prof. Silke Paulmann) and University of Potsdam (Prof. Harald Clahsen) morphological processing in adults and children using EEG

Dr Angela Gosling

Dr Gosling is one of the Directors of Face Blind UK, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company set up in 2014. It is run by and for people whose lives are impacted by prosopagnosia. It aims: 'to work across the UK to raise awareness, recognition and understanding of face blindness (prosopagnosia), and to provide services to people who have face blindness, including information, networking and support.' Dr Gosling's neuro-cognitive work on face recognition informs her work with FBUK.

Dr Moreno Coco

Dr Coco works at the interface between cognitive psychology and computational modelling. His work adopts a 3-tier approach: (i) empirically observe the interplay of different cognitive modalities, (ii) understand the underlying mechanisms of memory formation, and (iii) make testable computational models based on the data. He also develops statistical methods for the scientific community, mostly in the R programming language, to facilitate the life of other researchers having to perform similar analyses. See his website.

Research collaborations include:

  • The University of Edinburgh (Alzheimer's research, Prof. Sergio Della Sala)
  • Humboldt University of Berlin (Fixation-related potential, Dr Olaf Dimigen)
  • Universidade de Lisboa (Episodic and semantic memory, Dr. Ana Raposo)
  • Instituto Superior Tecnico (Computational model of human vision, Prof. Jose' Santos-Victor)
  • Ospedale Garibaldi (Catania, Italy) and Hospital Santa Maria (Lisbon, Portugal); patients' recruitment (MD Giuseppe Zappala, MD Isabel Pavao Martins).

Dr Matteo Martini

Dr Martini's most recent collaborations are the following:

  • Instituted Investigacions Biomediques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) and Event-Lab, Universitat de Barcelona (Prof. Mavi Sanchez-Vives)
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Prof. Pierre Bourdin Kreitz)
  • Max Planck Institute (Dr Birgit Nierula)
  • Northeastern University (Prof. Arthur Kramer)
  • University College London (Dr Ilias Tachtsidis)
  • University of East London (ACI School, Dr Leon Barker)

Dr Mark Harwood

Research collaborations include:

  • Prof. Richard Krauzlis, NIH, Chief of Eye Movements & Visual Selection at the NIH Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research.
  • Prof. Robert McPeek, SUNY Optometry New York, on primate physiology experiments.
  • Dr  Melissa Nirenberg, Weill-Cornell Medical School; Lead Clinician on interdisciplinary NSF (Parkinson's Disease clinical application).
  • Prof. Laurent Madelain, University of Lille

Professor Cynthia Fu

Director of the Affective Clinical Neuroscience Unit, Cynthia is the PI of a Rosetrees Trust funded clinical trial investigating the acceptability and effectiveness of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) as a potential community-based treatment for major depression.

Research collaborations include:

  • Professor Allan Young, Centre for Affective Disorders, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, and Dr Sergi Costafreda, Department of Psychiatry, University College London (Rosetrees Trust trial)
  • Professor Christos Davatzikos, Center for Biomedical Image Computing and Analytics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Enhancing NeuroImaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) Consortium
  • Dr Saeed Sharif, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London

Dr Josie Malinowski

Research collaborations include:

  • Prof Mark Blagrove, Dr Michelle Car, Dr Christopher Edwards, and Dr Elaine van Rijn (Swansea University Sleep and Dreams Laboratory)
  • Dr Caroline Horton (Bishop Grosseteste University Dreams, Emotions, Associations, and Memories in Sleep (DrEAMS) Lab)
  • Prof Sue Llewellyn (University of Manchester)
  • Dr Leslie Ellis (Focusing-Oriented Therapist, Vancouver)
  • Dr Perrine Ruby & Dr Jean-Baptiste Eichenlaub (Lyon Neuroscience Research Center)

Dr Jérémy E. Lemoine

Research collaborations include:

  • Prof. Christine Roland-Lévy, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France
  • Prof. Rolf van Dick, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
  • Prof. Ben Voyer, ESCP Europe, UK
  • Dr Niklas K. Steffens, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia
  • Prof. S. Alexander Haslam, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia
  • Prof. Rudolf Kerschreiter, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Dr Elley Wakui

Research collaborations include:

  • Prof. Jules Davidoff (Goldsmiths, University of London), Dr Serge Caparos (Universite Paris-8), Dimitris Mylonas (UCL) influence of language on colour perception.

Dr Antonio R. Fidalgo

Research collaborations include:

  • Prof Katsumi Watabane (Waseda University, Tokyo) on decision-making and cross-cultural studies
  • Dr Dagmara Dimitriou (UCL) on sleep and pain management in chronic pain patients.
  • Dr Jermaine Ravalier (Bath Spa University) on the impact of zero-hour contracts on wellbeing