Explore Synaesthesia with Professor Michael Banissy

Join Professor Michael Banissy as he expolores Synaesthesia, an experience of senses merging, or occurring together, in an unusual way. Part of Mad Hatter, Grey Matter festival.

Explore Synaesthesia with Professor Michael Banissy

About Explore Synaesthesia with Professor Michael Banissy

Dr Michael Banissy is a Professor in Psychology at Goldsmiths (University of London), where he is Co-Head of Department. He is also a Royal Society Short Industry Fellow working with OPIÑON Ltd (www.getopinon.com). Prior to taking up his position at Goldsmiths he worked at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (University College London) on personal Research Fellowships awarded by the British Academy and the ESRC. He also completed his PhD in Psychology at UCL.

He has contributed to several diverse research areas, including social perception, social cognition, creativity, synaesthesia, and brain stimulation. The breadth of his work is not only seen in scientific contributions, but also in his engagement to bring science to the public and industry. This has resulted in him receiving a number of honours, including substantial external funding and prizes from major scientific bodies in the UK and internationally (e.g. the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal and the Bertelson Award).

Synaesthesia is an experience of senses merging, or occurring together, in an unusual way. Synaesthetes might taste words, see them in colour, hear sounds in shapes, or visualise time laid out in front of them.

Professor Michael Banissy and Dr Natalie Bowling are particularly looking at mirror-sensory synaesthesia: when people feel physical sensations on their own body that they see happening to another person. For instance, some people, known as mirror-touch synaesthetes, report experiencing touch on their own body when viewing touch to others. Only 1.6% of the population are believed to experience this.

Michael and team are currently seeking to understand synaesthesia and use the experience as a way to explore human perception in us all. They have examined mirror-sensory synaestheisa - where people report feeling the tactile sensations or pain of others - as a way to explore the social mind. This event will share how they are trying to use this understanding to develop tools that may be useful to aid empathy.

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18th - 20th March 2020 – Mad Hatter, Grey Matter festival; Supporting Brain Awareness Week

The Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival 2020 has something for everyone curious about creativity and neuroscience. A variety of activities are clustered around four venues – one bringing neuroscience into creativity (St Cecilia’s Hall & Main Library Centre for Research Collections), the other bringing creativity into neuroscience (Old Medical School & the Anatomical Museum), thereby introducing neuroscience-related ideas to new audiences of all ages.

The programme provides an opportunity to utilise collections, archives and current research across the themes of creativity, neuroscience and psychology

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