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Overview

I am a social and visual neuroscientist, with an interest in how the brain processes and extracts information (identity, emotion, gender) from human movements - biological motion. Extending from this, I am interested in how the brains of people with ASDs process visual information and, in particular, biological motion, which has been shown to be aberrant in people with ASDs.  I am also interested in how brains share information in the social sense, which is the essence of communication among mammals, birds and some reptiles.  More recently, I have become interested in the vicarious sharing of emotions and sensations, such as disgust and pain, as well as in how empathic processes are modulated by procosial and violent video games.

Current research activities

I am currently working on a paper demonstrating the effect that stimulus quality has on the sensitivity of fMRI paradigms to detect critical regions involved in processing biological motion.  Furthermore, I am working on papers investigating face processing, biological motion processing, music perception and self-referential memory in children with ASDs.

Desired research direction

My desired research direction is to study vicarious sharing of emotions using EEG, TMS/tDCTS and electromyography and to explore whether those with psychopathy vicariously share pain responses.  I hope also to look at the modulation of empathy via video games, whilst continuing my current line of research into the networks involved in biological motion in typically developed individuals and those with ASDs.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Neural processing of biological motion

Visual processing and disruption of biological motion processing pathways in people with ASDs

Stimulus production for point-light animations

fMRI methods and statistics

Mirror neurons

 

External positions

Post-Doctoral Scholar, University of Dundee

2014

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

20102014

Research Assistant, University of Glasgow

2005

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Research Output 2009 2020

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Changes in brain activity following the voluntary control of empathy

Borja Jimenez, K. C., Abdelgabar, A. R., De Angelis, L., McKay, L. S., Keysers, C. & Gazzola, V., 10 Jan 2020, In : Neuroimage. 12 p., 116529.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Open Access
File
Emotions
Brain
Motion Pictures
Putamen
Neurosciences
47 Citations (Scopus)

Empirical evaluation of the uncanny valley hypothesis fails to confirm the predicted effect of motion

Piweck, L., McKay, L. S. & Pollick, F. E., 31 Mar 2014, In : Cognition. 130, 3, p. 271-277 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Morus
evaluation
Evaluation
Acceptability
Human Form

Experience and the perception of biological motion

Pollick, F. E., Jola, C., Petrini, K., McKay, L. S., McAleer, P., Jang, S. H., MacLeod, C. & Simmons, D. R., 10 Jan 2013, People Watching: Social, Perceptual, and Neurophysiological Studies of Body Perception. Johnson, K. & Shiffrar, M. (eds.). Oxford University Press, Chapter 9

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

experience
stimulus
theory of integration
social judgement
visual perception
37 Citations (Scopus)

Do distinct atypical cortical networks process biological motion information in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders?

McKay, L., Simmons, D., McAleer, P., Marjoram, D., Piggot, J. & Pollick, F., 2012, In : Neuroimage. 59, 2, p. 1524-1533 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Biological Phenomena
Parietal Lobe
Information Services
Task Performance and Analysis
Autism Spectrum Disorder
42 Citations (Scopus)

Action expertise reduces brain activity for audiovisual matching actions: an fMRI study with expert drummers

Petrini, K., Pollick, F., Dahl, S., McAleer, P., McKay, L., Rocchesso, D., Waadeland, C. H., Love, S., Avanzini, F. & Puce, A., 1 Jun 2011, In : Neuroimage. 56, 3, p. 1480–1492 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Brain
Parahippocampal Gyrus
Parietal Lobe
Frontal Lobe