Social cognition and neuroscience 

Academic staff



Research interests

Ian Apperly

Theory of mind in neurologically intact adults, adults with brain injury, and typically and atypically developing children

Sarah Beck

Children’s and adults’ thinking about time, knowledge, and uncertainty

David Booth

Interpersonal and cultural aspects of health

Julie Christian

The application of attitude and intergroup process models to social service provision and use

Stuart Derbyshire

The sick role, malingering, and pain that occurs in the absence of identifiable physical pathology

Dietmar Heinke

Computational modelling of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, visual attention and object recognition, and social exclusion and stigma

Sotaro Kita

The psycholinguistics and psychology of communication, particularly the influence of gesture on language production and language comprehension

Chris Miall

Visually guided action; motor learning and motor coordination; joint action

Joe McCleery

The neural basis of typical and atypical social-emotional, social-communicative, and language development

Ian Mitchell

Social reasoning deficits in Parkinson’s disease, Tourette syndrome, and offending behaviour

Chris Oliver

Neurodevelopmental disabilities in genetic disorders (e.g, autism, Down’s syndrome)

Pia Rotshtein

Neural mechanisms of identity recognition and facial expression encoding; the amydala and processing of threat-related stimuli

Brandon Stewart         

Automatic and controlled components of stereotyping and prejudice; social judgement and decision making

Research staff



Research interests

Mark Elliott

Human movement timing and synchronisation; sensory processing of temporal events.

Satoshi Endo

Motor control; object manipulation; joint action; human–robot interaction

Juliane Honisch

Dance perception, memory and performance; movement agency and creativity; behavioural synchrony and self–other representation; movement synchrony in expert sports

Nina Powell

Moral outrage and moral reasoning

Kimberly Quinn

Face processing, social categorisation, and identity recognition; behavioural synchrony and self–other representation

Postgraduate research students




PhD Topic

Victoria Baldwin

T. Powell

Memory strategies in people with acquired brain injury

Gregory Carslaw

Christian, Heinke

Agent-based modelling of social behaviour

Kate Graham


Neural functioning in infants who are at increased risk for developing social-emotional disorders

Charlotte (Easter) Hartwright

Apperly, Hansen

Cognitive neuroscience of mental-state reasoning

Victoria Johnson

Oliver, Beck

Decision making in neurodevelopmental disorders

Laura Kimberley

Stewart, Quinn

Goal source and goal framing effects in social categorisation and stereotype activation

Brad Mattan


Rotshtein, Quinn


Laura Nice

T. Powell

Route learning in people with acquired brain injury

Sissy Stefanidou


The neural basis of social-emotional and language functioning in children with autism spectrum disorders

Alena Streltsova


The development of social-emotional and cognitive brain functions in young infants and children

Alla Yankovskaya

Humphreys, Booth

Mechanisms supporting the integration of configural and emotional information in faces