Professor Martin Eimer
Martin is the Professor who heads the Brain and Behaviour Lab. He studied Psychology and Philosophy in Germany, and was a Lecturer at Cambridge University before joining Birkbeck College in 2000. In the past 20 years, Martin has employed electrophysiological and behavioural measures to investigate perception, attention, emotion, and motor control. He has published more than 160 articles on these topics in leading journals in the field, and his research is widely cited. Face perception and face recognition are one of his main research interests.
Dr John Towler
John is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Brain and Behaviour Lab, following completion of an ESRC funded PhD supervised by Martin Eimer. Previously, John read Psychology at Lancaster University and completed his MRes at the University of York supervised by Andy Young. John uses behavioural and event-related brain potential (ERP) methods to investigate the cognitive and neural processes involved in face perception and selective attention. He is interested in applying these techniques to understand both prosopagnosia and normal brain function.
Katie has recently begun her PhD with the Brain and Behaviour Lab. She has come to us from UCL where she completed her MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience. Katie’s research with our lab will explore facial recognition in the context of emotion and facial expression. She is interested in using EEG to investigate signals from the brain in response to the perception and recognition of expressive faces, and to find out whether these signals differ between prosopagnosic and control groups.
Sue started out doing clerical work for the Department of the Environment and then the Greater London Council. Bored by clerical work, she retrained in Electronics, and went to work as a Technician, initially at Middlesex Polytechnic and now, for almost twenty years, at Birkbeck College. She has gained an Open University BSc degree and an MSc in Computer Science from Birkbeck College. She provides technical and admin support in the Brain and Behaviour Lab and also assists with research. Sue is faceblind and attends The London Faceblind Group support group.
Dr Angela Gosling
Angela is an associate member of the Brain and Behaviour Lab. She is also a lecturer in Psychology and a member of the ‘Face Processing’ research group at Bournemouth University. Previously, Angela worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Birkbeck College on an ESRC grant, investigating the functional characteristics and neural mechanisms associated with face processing in typical and atypical populations. Before that, Angela completed an ESRC funded PhD at Goldsmith College, University of London. Her doctoral research employed behavioural and electrophysiological techniques (EEG/ERP) to investigate the role of spatial attention in visual object identification. Angela’s MSc thesis used EEG to explore how ‘paying’ attention to visual information in the environment influences what a person can ‘see’. Angela is currently using EEG/ERPs to explore face processing abilities in people with face blindness. Angela’s research aspirations include the development of realistic rehabilitative programs for people affected by face blindness.