Prof. Michael Banissy



Michael is an award-winning Cognitive Neuroscientist. In 2016, Michael was awarded the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal, and in 2017 the Bertelson Award for outstanding contributions to psychological research.

After completing his PhD at Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, Michael took a post at Goldsmiths College (University of London) and is now Director of Research in the Department of Psychology.

Michael’s research and areas of expertise focus on social perception (e.g. emotion perception), social interaction, affect regulation (e.g. mood), and creativity and performance. He uses techniques such as brain imaging (e.g. EEG; fMRI), brain stimulation (e.g. transcranial direct current stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation), and eye tracking to develop our understanding of how we perceive, interpret and respond to the world around us.

Michael has worked closely with a range of organisations to help take knowledge from psychology and neuroscience to performance insight. This has included work with top tier leadership organisations, law firms, brand management and design consultants, marketing companies and technology firms.

He’s also been involved in several public facing and media projects including:

  • Television (BBC, Lambent Productions, Good Morning America, Blink Films)
  • Radio (BBC Radio, NPR)
  • Popular Press (The Guardian, Wired Magazine, New York Times, Scientific American, New Scientist, AEON, Campaign Magazine, ESPN)
  • Festivals (Latitude Festival, Also Festival)
  • Public Events (Tate Modern, Nottingham Cotemporary, ArtNeuro, The Lab Project, Salon London, Wellcome Trust)