Dr Fatima Maria Felisberti

About

I am a neuroscientist working on affective and perceptual processing, mental imagery and hedonic experiences. I have PhDs in Biological Cybernetics (MPI, Germany) and Neuroscience (USP, Brazil).

My research on vision, perception, and psychophysics was supported by EPSRC and Marie Sklodowska Currie grants. My early studies with comparative vision uncovered a unique form of extraocular photoreception in ants and beetles (funding: CNPq, FAPESP). My postdoctoral research on anaesthetics, and later on long-range brain interactions in the thalamus, was funded by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Wellcome Trust, BBSRC and Royal Society). The studies on socio-affective abilities, mindreading, and the situation of postdoctoral researchers in the UK attracted considerable media attention (e.g., TV, newspapers, Nature and HEA). At the clinical level, I focus on how emotions and aesthetic/hedonic experiences can be affected by cognitive and physical constraints in muscular dystrophy and dementia. 

Academic responsibilities

Associate professor in Neurocognition & Aesthetics

Qualifications

  • PhD Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Institute of Biological Cybernetics, Germany
  • PhD Neurosciences, Institute of Psychology, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • MSc Experimental Psychology & BSc Biology and Physiology
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Postdoctoral researcher at Nottingham University
  • Postdoctoral researcher at City University
  • Postdoctoral researcher at Royal Holloway University of London

Teaching and learning

Module leader and/or contributor

  • PS6009 - The Psychology of Art and Film (PG, UG)
  • PS6003 - Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation (PG, UG)
  • PS6000 - Psychology Research Project (UG)
  • PS7000 - Psychology Dissertation (PG)
  • PS7008 - Applications of Psychological Research (PG)
  • PS7012 - Research Skills in Psychology (PG)

Previously:

  • PS3178 - Cognitive Neuropsychology. PS2438 - Evolutionary Psychology, PSM409 - Current Issues in Psychology, PSM412/13 - Guided Research Activity A & B, PS2228 - Biopsychology

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught

Research

Public Understanding of Science activities

  • 2021 Art exhibition (organiser): "Aesthetic experiences in COVID-19 times". Online (12 April 2021)
  • 2019  Art exhibition (curator): "Mental Health". Stanley Picker Gallery (05 Dec 2019)
  • 2017  Public talk: "The triple axis: How the brain, gut and microbiome communicate". Buchinger Wilhelmi Klinik, Germany. (18 Jan)
  • 2016  Art exhibition (curator): "Paper Boats Exhibition". Stanley Picker Gallery (22 April)
  • 2015  Public workshop: "A sensory walk through self-perception". The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE, 18 Apr)
  • 2014  Public talk: "The Psychology of Art". The Inside Out Festival. The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE, 22 Oct).

PhD supervisions: Completed

  • Jane A. Trueman (1st supervisor)
  • Sarah Geisemeyer (1st supervisor)
  • Peter Andras Kara (3rd supervisor)
  • Rose Turner (1st supervisor; Sep 2015- Jul 2017)
  • Meghan Rolfe (1st supervisor; up to Feb 2015)

Areas of specialism

  • Emotion processing
  • Visual Perception & Mental Imagery
  • Empirical Aesthetics (hedonic processing)
  • Empathy & Mentalizing
  • Audio-visual learning

Research student supervision

Publications

Number of items: 61.

Article

Felisberti, Fatima M. (2021) Experiences of ugliness in nature and urban environments. Empirical Studies of the Arts, ISSN (print) 0276-2374 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Silva, Gabriella M., Souto, Jandirlly J., Fernandes, Thiago P., Bonifacio, Thiago A., Almeida, Natalia L., Gomes, Giulliana H., Felisberti, Fatima M. and Santos, Nataneal A. (2020) Impairments of facial detection in tobacco use disorder : baseline data and impact of smoking duration. Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN (print) 1516-4446 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Felisberti, Fatima M. and Currie, Liam (2019) Asymmetries during multiple face encoding : increased dwell time and number of fixations in the upper visual hemifield. i-Perception, 10(1), pp. 1-10. ISSN (online) 2041-6695

Felisberti, Fatima M (2018) Long-lasting effects of family-related factors on adults' ability to recognise brief facial expressions of emotion. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 17(7), pp. 1512-1525. ISSN (print) 1747-0218

Felisberti, Fatima M. [Reviewer] (2018) Book Review of: 'Perception : a very short introduction' by D. Rogers. Perception, 47(4), pp. 473-474. ISSN (print) 0301-0066

Perez-Fabello, Maria Jose, Campos, Alfredo and Felisberti, Fatima Maria (2018) Object-spatial imagery in fine art, psychology, and engineering. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 27, pp. 131-138. ISSN (print) 1871-1871

Turner, Rose and Felisberti, Fatima M. (2018) Relationships between fiction media, genre, and empathic abilities. Scientific Study of Literature, 8(2), pp. 261-292. ISSN (print) 2210-4372

Tianinen, Mikko O., Lukavsky, Jiri, Tiippana, Kaisa, Vainio, Martti, Simko, Juraj, Felisberti, Fatima and Vainio, Lari (2017) Connections of grasping and horizontal hand movements with articulation in Czech speakers. Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN (online) 1664-1078

Turner, Rose and Felisberti, Fatima M. (2017) Measuring mindreading : a review of behavioral approaches to testing cognitive and affective mental state attribution in neurologically typical adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(47), ISSN (online) 1664-1078

Felisberti, Fatima M. and Farrelly, Daniel (2016) Investigating behaviour and face encoding in a hypothetical real-world social contract : handwashing in hazardous health settings. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 2(3), pp. 207-213. ISSN (online) 2198-9885

Tiainen, Mikko, Felisberti, Fatima M., Tiippana, Kaisa, Vainio, Martii, Simko, Juraj, Lukavsky, Jiri and Vainio, Lari (2016) Congruency effect between articulation and grasping in native English speakers. Proc. Interspeech, 2016, pp. 1108-1112. ISSN (online) 1990-9772

Felisberti, Fatima and Terry, Philip (2015) The effects of alcohol on the recognition of facial expressions and microexpressions of emotion : enhanced recognition of disgust and contempt. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 30(5), pp. 384-392. ISSN (print) 0885-6222

Felisberti, Fatima M. and Musholt, Kristina (2014) Self-face perception: individual differences and discrepancies associated with mental self-face representation, attractiveness and self-esteem. Psychology & Neuroscience, 7(2), pp. 65-72. ISSN (print) 1984-3054

Felisberti, Fatima M. and Sear, Rebecca (2014) Postdoctoral researchers in the UK : a snapshot at factors affecting their research output. PloS one, 9(4), e93890. ISSN (online) 1932-6203

Felisberti, Fatima M. and McDermott, Mark R. (2013) Spatial location in brief, free-viewing face encoding modulates contextual face recognition. iPerception, 4(5), pp. 352-360. ISSN (online) 2041-6695

Felisberti, Fatima Maria and Pavey, Louisa (2010) Contextual modulation of biases in face recognition. PLoS ONE, 5(9), ISSN (online) 1932-6203

Prince, Simon J.D., Elder, James H., Warrell, Jonathan and Felisberti, Fatima M. (2008) Tied factor analysis for face recognition across large pose differences. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 30(6), pp. 970-984. ISSN (print) 0162-8828

Felisberti, Fatima M. and Zanker, Johannes M. (2005) Attention modulates perception of transparent motion. Vision Research, 45(19), pp. 2587-2599. ISSN (online) 0042-6989

Felisberti, Fatima M., Solomon, Joshua A. and Morgan, Michael J. (2005) The role of target salience in crowding. Perception, 34(7), pp. 823-833. ISSN (print) 0301-0066

Solomon, Joshua A., Felisberti, Fatima M. and Morgan, Michael J. (2004) Crowding and the tilt illusion: toward a unified account. Journal of Vision, 4(6), pp. 500-508. ISSN (online) 1534-7362

Felisberti, Fatima and Derrington, Andrew M. (2001) Long-range interactions in the lateral geniculate nucleus of the New-World monkey, Callithrix jacchus. Visual Neuroscience, 18(2), pp. 209-218. ISSN (print) 0952-5238

Felisberti, F.M. and Derrington, A.M (1999) Long range interactions modulate the contrast gain in the lateral geniculate nucleus of cats. Visual Neuroscience, 16(5), pp. 943-956. ISSN (print) 0952-5238

Derrington, A.M. and Felisberti, Fatima (1998) Peripheral shift reduces visual sensitivity in cat geniculate neurones. Visual Neuroscience, 15(5), pp. 875-880. ISSN (print) 0952-5238

Felisberti, Fatima, Ventura, Dora Fix and Hertel, Horst (1997) Cerebral extraocular photoreceptors in beetles. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Physiology, 118(4), pp. 1353-1357. ISSN (print) 1096-4940

Felisberti, Fatima, Antkowiak, Bernd and Kirschfeld, Kuno (1997) Effects of volatile anaesthetics on the membrane potential and ion channels of cultured neocortical astrocytes. Brain Research, 766(1-2), pp. 56-65. ISSN (print) 0006-8993

Felisberti, F. and Ventura, D.F. (1996) Cerebral extraocular photoreceptors in ants. Tissue and Cell, 28(1), pp. 25-30. ISSN (print) 0040-8166

Book Section

Felisberti, Fatima Maria and King, Robert (2017) Mindreading in altruists and psychopaths. In: Ibanez, Agustin , Sedeno, Lucas and Garcia, Adolfo M., (eds.) Neuroscience and social science : the missing link. Springer International Publishing. pp. 121-140. ISBN 9783319684208

Conference or Workshop Item

Felisberti, Fatima M., Actis Grosso, Rossan, Riley, Mark, Paiva, Isa M., Salaudeen, Adebukola and Holliday, Dean (2019) Aesthetic preferences in visual art : the interplay with mental imagery and face perception. In: 42nd European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) 2019; 25 - 29 Aug 2019, Leuven, Belgium. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima and Mather, George (2019) The perception of ugliness in urban environments through photographs of nature and man-made artefacts. In: Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC); 21 - 24 Aug 2019, Leuven, Belgium. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima, Mannan, Sabira, Currie, Liam, Ballard, Christopher and Ghiesing, Thomas (2018) Up and down, left and right : asymmetries in eye movements during facial encoding. In: 41st European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) 2018; 26 - 30 Aug 2018, Trieste, Italy. (Unpublished)

Perez-Fabello, Maria Jose and Felisberti, Fatima Maria (2017) The role of mental imagery in creative work by Fine Art students. In: Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC); 25 - 27 Aug 2017, Berlin, Germany. (Unpublished)

Turner, Rose and Felisberti, Fatima (2017) Fiction matters : divergent links between fiction media exposure, genre preferences and social skills. In: American Psychological Association 125th Annual Convention; 03 - 05 Aug 2017, Washington, DC, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Kara, Peter A., Martini, Maria G., Hewage, Chaminda T.E.R. and Felisberti, Fatima. M. (2016) Times change, stalling stays: subjective quality assessment over time of stalling in autostereoscopic 3D video services. In: 12th International Conference on Signal Image Technology & Internet Based Systems (SITIS) 3rd International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Services (QUAMUS); 28 Nov - 01 Dec 2016, Naples, Italy.

Tiippana, Kaisa, Tiainen, Mikko, Lukavsky, Jiri, Vainio, Martti, Simko, Juraj, Felisberti, Fatima and Vainio, Lari (2016) Interactions between articulation and hand movements - congruency effects in Czech. In: 39th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) 2016; 29 Aug - 01 Sep 2016, Barcelona, Spain.

Felisberti, Fatima M and John, James (2016) The other race effect on contextual face recognition. In: 39th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) 2016; 29 Aug - 01 Sep 2016, Barcelona, Spain. (Unpublished)

Kara, Peter A., Robitza, Werner, Martini, Maria G., Hewage, Chaminda T.E.R. and Felisberti, Fatima M. (2016) Getting used to or growing annoyed : how perception thresholds and acceptance of frame freezing vary over time in 3D video streaming. In: IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) 2016; 11-15 Jul 2016, Seattle, U.S..

Felisberti, Fatima Maria (2016) Long-lasting effects of early family environment on adults processing of brief affective facial expressions. In: Experimental Psychology Society London Meeting; 06 - 08 Jan 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima Maria (2015) Face recognition and hand-washing behaviour in a hazardous health scenario. In: European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Annual Conference; 29 Mar - 01 Apr 2015, Helsinki, Finland. (Unpublished)

Haugland, Tor-Arne and Felisberti, Fatima Maria (2014) Absence of face recognition biases related to hand-washing behaviour in a hazardous health scenario. In: European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Annual Conference; 06 - 09 Apr 2014, Bristol, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima Maria (2014) The effect of aging, encoding order, and race in contextual face recognition. In: European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Annual Conference; 06 - 09 Apr 2014, Bristol, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima, Trueman, Jane, Cobley, Laura, Hall, Emily and Williams, Alexandra (2014) Does the family environment affect the recognition of brief displays of emotion? In: Experimental Psychology Society London Meeting; 09 - 10 Jan 2014, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, F, Cobley, L, Hall, E and Williams, A (2013) The effect of family environment in the recognition of brief displays of emotion. In: 36th European Conference on Visual Perception; 25 - 29 Aug 2013, Bremen, Germany. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima M., Cox, Rebecca, Wanli, Jana and Dover, Cassandra (2013) Social context modulates face recognition in young and intermediate age adults. In: Experimental Psychology Society London Meeting; 03 - 04 Jan 2013, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, F M (2012) Individual differences in self-face recognition. In: AVA Christmas Meeting; 18 Dec 2012, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, F M, Wanli, J, Cox, R and Dover, C (2012) Age-related contextual modulation in face recognition. In: ECVP 2012: 35th European Conference on Visual Perception; 02 - 06 Sep 2012, Alghero, Italy. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima and Terry, Phil (2012) Alcohol enhances the recognition of microexpressions of disgust and contempt. In: CERE 2012: Fourth European Conference on Emotion; 02 - 05 May 2007, Canterbury, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima, Manan, Sabira and Gorodetski, Kristina (2011) Asymmetries in self-face recognition. In: XI International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON XI); 25 - 29 Sep 2011, Palma, Mallorca, Spain.

Felisberti, F M and Gorodetski, K (2011) Self-face recognition: asymmetries and individual differences. In: ECVP 11 - 34th European Conference on Visual Perception; 28 Aug - 01 Sep 2011, Toulouse, France. ISSN (print) 0301-0066

Felisberti, F M, Bates, L, Rabadia, J, Kato, Y and Schembri, M (2010) How well do we know our own faces? In: 33rd European Conference on Visual Perception; 22-26 August 2010, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Felisberti, Fatima Maria (2010) Contextual modulation in face recognition. In: AVA Easter Meeting; 29th March 2010, Liverpool, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, Fatima, Tekes, Sinem and Ibrahim, Lazian (2010) Biases in face recognition. In: Annual Meeting of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association; 25 - 27 Mar 2010, Poland. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, F M (2009) Self-face recognition: now it looks like me, now it doesn't. In: 32nd European Conference on Visual Perception; 24 - 28 Aug 2009, Regensburg, Germany.

Felisberti, Fatima and Aidoo, Bernard [Contributor] (2009) Enhanced memory for cooperators in a face-in-the-crowd task. In: European Human Behaviour & Evolution Association Conference; 06 - 08 Apr 2009, St Andrews, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, F.M. and Zanker, J.M. (2005) Does attention affect the identification of multiple directions in transparent motion? In: Twenty-eighth European Conference on Visual Perception; 22-26 Aug 2005, A Coruna, Spain.

Felisberti, F M and Zanker, J M (2004) Does attention affect transparent motion perception? In: Twenty-seventh European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2004); 22-26 Aug 2004, Budapest, Hungary.

Gheri, C., Solomon, J.A., Felisberti, F. and Morgan, M.J. (2004) 'Pop-out' does not prevent 'crowding'. In: Twenty-seventh European Conference on Visual Perception; 22-26 Aug 2004, Budapest, Hungary.

Solomon, Joshua A., Felisberti, Fatima and Morgan, Michael J. (2003) Crowding and the tilt illusion: toward a unified account. In: Eighth Applied Vision Association Christmas Meeting; 17 Dec 2003, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Felisberti, F.M., Solomon, J.A. and Morgan, M.J. (2003) Distortions of perceived orientation in crowded arrays. In: Twenty-sixth European Conference on Visual Perception; 1-5 Sep 2003, Paris, France.

Felisberti, Fatima and Morgan, Michael J. (2002) Effects of suprathreshold contrast modulation on crowding. In: Vision Sciences Society Meeting; 10-15 May 2002, Sarasota, U.S..

Felisberti, F. and Morgan, M.J. (2001) Orientation averaging and positional uncertainty in crowded and spaced arrays. In: Twenty-fourth European Conference on Visual Perception; 26-30 Aug 2001, Kusadasi, Turkey.

Barraclough, N.E., Derrington, A.M. and Felisberti, F.M. (2001) Responses to second-order patterns in primate lateral geniculate nucleus. In: British Neuroscience Association 16th National Meeting; 8-11 Apr 2001, Harrogate, U.K..

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Business, knowledge transfer and international

2018- Partnership: Pearson Publishing (collaboration on learning-related methodologies).

Leadership and management

I am the director of the Art, Cognition/Creativity and Emotion Research Group (ACErg), head of the ECOBEL lab, External Examiner, and a private consultant on hedonic processing and visual perception.