People

Clare Press (Head)

I undertook my doctoral training at UCL, supervised by Cecilia Heyes, before holding fellowships at Birkbeck (with Martin Eimer) and the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging (with James Kilner). I took up a lectureship at the University of Reading in 2010, before moving to my current position at Birkbeck in 2012.

Daniel Yon (Research fellow)

I am a Lecturer in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London and Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck. Before that, I was a PhD student (funded by the ESRC) and postdoc (funded by the Leverhulme Trust) with Clare. My research looks at how we build models of ourselves and the world around us, how these models shape perceptions, actions and decisions -  and I continue to collaborate with Clare and the Action Lab on these questions. 

Nathan Foster (Postdoctoral researcher)

I completed my doctoral training at the Research institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, under the supervision of Dr. Spencer Hayes. My PhD examined how processes associated with sensorimotor integration modulate sensorimotor learning and control in autism spectrum disorders. I am now continuing this research as a MINDED fellow at the Italian Institute of Technology, funded by EU Horizon 2020, and on secondment at Birkbeck investigating motor control in infants with high likelihood of developing autism.

James Chard (PhD student)

I completed my MSc in Psychology at Birkbeck College as a mature student in 2014, having previously completed a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, and worked as a lawyer for several years. My MSc project at Birkbeck was supervised by Dr Clare Press, and investigated influences of the motor system on visual perception of biological motion using a representational momentum paradigm. I joined the Action and Interaction Lab in 2015 as a part-time MRes/PhD student, and am planning a project involving assessing action-perception links in relation to older adults’ perception of emotion in visual stimuli.

Emily Thomas (PhD student)

I have previously completed an MSc in Brain and Cognition at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where I conducted research into the theory of Embodied Cognition. I am currently a PhD student under the supervision of Clare Press, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. During my PhD I will examine the influences of expectation on perception in action contexts.

Kirsten Rittershofer (PhD student)
Carl Bunce (PhD student)

Before joining the lab as a research assistant, I completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of Reading and my MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. My current project which is funded by the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund is an investigation into the mechanisms underlying our sense of agency..

Marie de Guzman (PhD student)

Recognised by leaders and organisations for her work in making strategic problem-solving and decision-making easier and better, Marie is an applied neuroscientist - actively implementing the links between brain physiology, human performance and corporate systems as they relate to strategic decision-making and planning.

Nicholas Baker (Research Assistant)
Isabella Kornas (MSc student)
Talat Mahiudin (MSc student)
Jessica Nicholson (MSc student)
María Rodríguez Pérez (MSc student)